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    The Ryan plan would replace Medicare with a voucher program for seniors, who'd be dumped into the private insurance market.

    Over time the vouchers would lose value relative to the cost of health care. And the seniors who couldn't afford the cost of insurance even with the vouchers would be out of luck.

    In addition, the Ryan proposal does nothing to actually control costs.

    All it does is shift the cost of health care onto the backs of seniors. And, in fact, by forcing seniors into the inefficient private insurance market, it would actually drive up the cost of providing health care to them.

    Now that Ryan's plan to privatize Medicare is in the national spotlight, we need to make sure that the debate isn't just a point/counterpoint between the center right and the far right.
    We need to ensure that a progressive vision is on the table to counter what right-wing extremists like Paul Ryan and Mitt Romney are proposing.

    We shouldn't destroy Medicare, we should expand it so that it covers everybody.

    Medicare already covers 40 million Americans over the age of 65, providing quality care at prices that are much lower than the private market. It's also quite popular and unquestionably constitutional.

    By staking out a progressive flank and generating a groundswell of public support for expanding Medicare so that it covers everybody, we can help prevent the debate from shifting further to the right.

    As Vice President Dick Cheney famously declared in 2002, "Reagan proved deficits don't matter."

    by anyname on Tue Aug 14, 2012 at 09:05:30 AM PDT

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