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  •  Now Rmoney promises premiums wont exceed vouchers (9+ / 0-)

    In his latest response to the argument that costs to seniors will gradually rise under his plan because vouchers will not keep up with increases in premiums, Rmoney now says he will guarantee that the vouchers will cover actual costs!  It seems to me this gives the insurance companies a free hand to raise premiums without restraint, totally defeating the argument that competition among insurers will keep premiums down.

    If Rmoney's plan doesn't shift the cost to seniors, it becomes unworkable. It simultaneously makes seniors dependent on the government and on the marketplace, while federal money fills insurance company coffers.  And who will determine the amount of the voucher each person gets each year? Death panels?

    •  I didn't see this (1+ / 0-)
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      I don't think that Ryan said that last night. Do you have a link?

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      by JamieG from Md on Fri Oct 12, 2012 at 10:55:07 AM PDT

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      •  He did (6+ / 0-)
        MS. RADDATZ: Let me ask you this: what is your specific plan for seniors who really can't afford to make up the difference in the value of what you call a premium support plan and others call a voucher?

        REP. RYAN: A hundred percent coverage for them.

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        But don't worry. If you can't make up the difference between the Romney/Ryan "premium support" and the actual cost of health insurance, Mitt will just come over on Christmas with his boys and his wife and promise to pay for it himself.

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        by NoMoJoe on Fri Oct 12, 2012 at 11:51:34 AM PDT

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        •  such BS (2+ / 0-)
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          100% covered! Sounds great!

          Devil being in the details and all...about where do you draw the line to say who can afford to pay the difference and who can't?

          To me, that looks like a situation custom-made to put the elderly in the same situation many working poor find themselves in: too rich to qualify for Medicaid and not rich enough to actually pay the premium.

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          by Joe Bob on Fri Oct 12, 2012 at 01:56:01 PM PDT

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    •  Don't forget, Romney lies (4+ / 0-)

      He also said that under his plan, people with pre-existing conditions could get insurance. That was NOT true. Under his plan, people with CONTINUOUS COVERAGE changing from one company to another could get coverage with a pre-existing condition, but people who don't have insurance because they can't get it now or can't afford it are just screwed.

      I wouldn't bet a nickle on anything he says.

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      by RJDixon74135 on Fri Oct 12, 2012 at 11:53:00 AM PDT

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