Why Ryan Might Be Right

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    Why Ryan Might Be Right | RealClearPolitics

    Overlooked in the furor surrounding Paul Ryan's Medicare proposal -- a plan, it should be recalled, that wouldn't start until 2023 and even then would affect only new beneficiaries -- is a just-published study in The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) suggesting that, well, Ryan might be right. The study finds that a voucher-type system might noticeably reduce costs compared to "traditional" fee-for-service Medicare. Three Harvard economists did the study, including one prominent supporter of President Obama's health care overhaul.

    The study compared the costs of traditional Medicare with Medicare Advantage, a voucher-like program that now enrolls about 25 percent of beneficiaries. Medicare Advantage has cost less for identical coverage. From 2006 to 2009, the gap averaged 11 percent between traditional Medicare and voucher plans that, under the proposal by Ryan and Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., would serve as a price "benchmark."

    The central issue here is whether the runaway costs of the health sector, comprising nearly one-fifth of the economy, can be controlled without eroding medical quality. Almost everyone agrees that the delivery system -- the amalgam of hospitals, clinics, doctors and nurses -- should be reorganized to lower costs and eliminate unneeded care. The question is how.
     
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    Less? Really?
     
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    Another factor that will be on the table.......

    when Romney is elected - tort reform.

    That alone will decrease costs by a bunch. And that's something the Pubs have long advocated.
     
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    We could always go with Obama plan to save Medicare.

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    Sorta like destroying a village to save it ?
     
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    Because he uses his brain?:)
     
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    I would like to see tort reform, but I seriously doubt it will ever happen. Tens of Thousands of trial lawyers make very good livings by filing suits for damages. Most of our elected representatives are lawyers, and they are very good at protecting their interests.
     
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    Obama and his drones claim that the rest of Medicare is cheaper than Medicare Advantage. That's supposedly why they eliminated it - apart from sucking up the funds to pay for Obamacare, that is.
     
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    The medicare voucher's will take care of those with out illness and just need their scripts filled.
    Unfortunately when you get diagnosed with a illness like cancer as I did this last Christmas.
    With the many tests, surgeries, chemotherapy ( almost $1000.00 each time I go in )
    Heart tests, and an upcoming major surgery at the end of Sept.
    Total costs around $100.000.00 so far
    Vouchers are $6.000


    I see the hospital packed with people coming in for chemo everyday.
    This voucher system will not work, unless if you are rich of coarse.
     
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    Sean Hannity just concluded a 45 minute personal interview with Paul Ryan, and I learned much about the plans of R&R and Ryan himself. Their goals are very impressive, if one wants to see America turned back to it's core values and not go into bankruptcy.

    What a breath of fresh air, this Ryan is, and very believable.

    Hannity repeats at 9:00 pm PT. I have to watch it again. :clap2:
     
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