Now to the “Ryan” plan. Actually it isn’t the Ryan plan anymore, it has changed. Now it’s the Wyden/Ryan plan which you can read in its entirety here. The co-author of this proposed plan is Senator Ron Wyden (D. Or.). Yes, that was a D.
You will hear, or already have heard, that this is a voucher system, and that, per the CBO seniors could be on the hook for as much as $6000 per year to pay for Medicare. Secretary of HHS Kathlene Sebelius even repeated that mantra in her speech at the Democrat convention last evening. With Senator Wyden’s input, the “Ryan” plan is now quite different, but no one tells you that. Please go to the link. If you find the word “voucher” in there as a payment method, you win a prize.
Under this Wyden/Ryan plan the government will solicit bids from pre-qualified private insurance companies who must provide all of the benefits covered by Medicare. Medicare will then select the second lowest bidder from all insurers and use that amount as the Medicare “premium support” amount. If you choose that insurer, Medicare will pay the full amount of your premiums to the insurer. If you choose a plan with lower premiums, Medicare will pay that amount to the insurer, and you will receive a check for the difference. If you choose a plan with higher premiums, Medicare will pay the specified amount to the insurer, and you will pay the difference.
No vouchers, no $6000 per year in costs (unless you want a “Cadillac” plan), and, no difference for anyone over 55 when the plan is passed. And, once it is passed, those over 55 can select either “traditional” Medicare, or the new plan.
Those not trying to scare seniors just to get a vote say “we haven’t tried this, so we don’t know whether it will work”. This is true. But, this proposal is actually based upon the,
…Federal Employees Health Benefits Program, created in 1959, and Calpers, the California health-insurance program for public employees.
And, it operates much like Medicare Advantage which works quite nicely.
So please, don’t fall victim to “vouchers” and “$6000 per year out of pocket costs”. Read the proposal and then you be the judge.
Do you want the “Medicare as we know it” that has been eliminated by Obamacare, or the “Medicare as we know it” that would be eliminated by the Wyden/Ryan plan?