Whose Plan Destroys Medicare

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Choose Love Over Fear by elycefelizRobert Reich is Professor of Public Policy at the Goldman School of Public Policy at the University of California at Berkeley. He has served in three national administrations, most recently as secretary of labor under President Bill Clinton. He has written eleven books, including The Work of Nations, which has been translated into 22 languages; the best-sellers The Future of Success and Locked in the Cabinet, and his most recent book, Supercapitalism. His articles have appeared in the New Yorker, Atlantic Monthly, New York Times, Washington Post, and Wall Street Journal. Mr. Reich is co-founding editor of The American Prospect magazine. His weekly commentaries on public radio’s “Marketplace” are heard by nearly five million people.
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Liberal Utopia: Obama Actually Gutted Medicare by $732,000,000,000.00+

The drastic reductions in Medicare reimbursements under ObamaCare will create havoc and chaos in health care for seniors. Many doctors, surgeons and specialists providing critical care to the elderly — such as surgery for hip and knee replacements, sophisticated diagnostics through MRIs and CT scans, and even treatment for cancer and heart disease — will cease serving Medicare patients. If the government is not going to pay, then seniors are not going to get the health services, treatment and care they expect.
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The American Spectator : Paul Ryan's Bipartisan Selling Points

First, I think that I saw [not read] something to the effect recently that this Widen is now backing away from his association with Ryan [if true, then Emmanuel/Axelrod/Jarrett & Co have GOTTEN TO HIM]. Second, above is still the usual AH’s that pee-pee and moan constantly about Ryan the compromiser and Romney the supposedly liberal. Horse excrement…..grow a GD pair of brain cells and get the cow manure out of your eyeballs, please. A few above have rightfully proclaimed the truth, which is that basically you have Romney/Ryan against the DOMESTIC TERRORISTS period…end of story….make a GD choice because there ain’t no MIDDLE OPTION-GROUND, you dumbarses! As to governmental insurance, IMHO what R/R should begin to discuss is their plan for seriously downsizing the federal government. Which departments/agencies/programs etc should be either substantially reduced or outright eliminated, and the cost-expense savings to the government/taxpayers from same. GSA, Interior, foreign aid, Education, Interior, welfare, HUD, Fannie/Freddie etc come to mind possibly? Put the discussion of governmental insurance on the back burner temporarily and consentrate on the overall government expense excesses initially. This would guarantee a hot and heavy howl from Democrats but would get the necessary blowback from conservatives/Republicans and initiate a real discussion of priorities/necessities going toward November!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Mitt Romney Continues Lying About Medicare To Veil The Romney

Politifact Rated Romney’s Claim About Obama And Medicare “False,” Noting That Romney Falsely Implied That Obama Cut Benefits When In Reality, The Affordable Care Act Increases Benefits For Seniors.“Romney said, ‘only one president has ever cut Medicare for seniors in this country and it’s Barack Obama.’ The statement gets it wrong on every front. The Medicare belt was tightened in 1981 and 1982 under Reagan, in 1989 under the first President Bush and again in 1997 under Clinton. So Obama is in no way the only president to cut the program. Further, by specifying that Obama cut Medicare ‘for seniors,’ Romney seems to mean that the president slashed benefits, not just the program’s spending. That’s even more egregious. Other presidents have made changes to Medicare that reduced benefits for seniors, while the health care law Obama signed actually increases them. That’s a lot of inaccuracy in a single sentence. We rate Romney’s statement False.”
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Democratic Senator Ron Wyden tries to delink himself from Ryan Medicare plan

We are a Democrat and Republican; a Senator and a Representative; senior members of our respective Budget Committees; and members of the committees that have jurisdiction over Medicare and health care costs. As budgeteers, we understand the difficulty presented by demographic changes over the next several decades. As members with policy oversight, we recognize and encourage the potential for innovation to improve care and hold down costs. And most important, as representatives of hardworking Americans in Oregon and Southern Wisconsin, we realize our absolute responsibility to preserve the Medicare guarantee of affordable, accessible health care for every one of the nation’s seniors for decades to come.
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Facing the Medicare Debate Head

The Heritage Foundation has developed a Medicare premium support plan as part of its comprehensive budget reform, Saving the American Dream. With premium support, the government makes a fixed payment to a health plan chosen by an enrollee. If an enrollee wants to purchase a plan that is more expensive than the government payment, the enrollee may do so, paying the additional cost. If an enrollee wants to buy a less expensive plan, the enrollee may also do so, and keep the savings.
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In 2009 Obama Vowed to Veto Any Bill Undoing His $700 Billion Cuts to Medicare

TAPPER: One of the concerns about health care and how you pay for it — one third of the funding comes from cuts to Medicare. PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: “Right. TAPPER: A lot of times, as you know, what happens in Congress is somebody will do something bold and then Congress, close to election season, will undo it. OBAMA: Right. TAPPER: You saw that with the ‘doc fix.’ OBAMA: Right. TAPPER: Are you willing to pledge that whatever cuts in Medicare are being made to fund health insurance, one third of it, that you will veto anything that tries to undo that? OBAMA: Yes. I actually have said that it is important for us to make sure this thing is deficit neutral, without tricks. I said I wouldn’t sign a bill that didn’t meet that criteria.
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Daily Kos: Romney rips Obama for Medicare cuts in Ryan budget

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Code Pink R-E-P-P-E-N' ENDS! by eyewashdesign: A. GoldenMitt Romney has just one answer to the big elephant in the room that’s keeping Paul Ryan out of Florida. Ending Medicare as we know it? Yeah, well, Obamacare!!!! The least subtle attack came from Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus. “This president stole — he didn’t cut Medicare — he stole $700 billion from Medicare to fund Obamacare, […] If any person in this entire debate has blood on their hands in regard to Medicare, it’s Barack Obama. He’s the one that’s destroying Medicare.” And here’s Romney himself, Ryan-less, in Florida. “The president’s idea for instance for Medicare was to cut it by 700 billion dollars,” Romney continued. “That’s not the right answer. We want to make sure we preserve and protect Medicare.” It’s not new. He’s been telling this lie for months. It’s always been a lie. There aren’t Medicare benefits cuts in the Affordable Care Act. No senior has been bloodied by any of those cuts, and no senior will be.
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Daily Kos: Video: Romney’s Senior Adviser Goes Off On Ryan!!!

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Health Care: GOP MediaCare Rebuttal Short on Facts

The problem with waving the Bloody Priebus, is that the Affordable Care Act’s $700 billion reduction in the cost of Medicare came from cutting subsidies that the federal government would otherwise pay to insurance companies, drug companies, and in some cases, hospitals, under Medicare Advantage — part of the prescription drug overhaul commonly known as Medicare Part D — signed by former president George W. Bush. Hospitals and drug companies actually supported the changes, which unlike Ryan’s plan, didn’t touch the consumers who use Medicare. By contrast, Ryan’s plan would cut the benefits that Medicare recipients receive — and do so drastically. Because the vouchers (or “premium support” as Ryan prefers to call them) wouldn’t keep up with inflation, seniors would suddenly be paying much more for healthcare — estimates have projected as much as 40 percent more.
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Medicare Supplement Plans M And N Have Lower Premiums

Either Plan M or N are good options if you would like to purchase a supplement but are on a budget. If you have disposable income in reserve and you feel because of your good health that a inpatient stay is less likely, you may be able to save some money with Plan M.
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Daily Kos: Riding the City Bus in Honolulu

  One of my favorite pastimes on the bus is taking my own personal surveys.  A few weeks ago my seat partner was a fellow in his late 40’s who, I learned in the course of our conversation, had a master’s degree in something or other.  I forget now what his specialty was but I do remember it was not economics.  He said, “I really don’t think it’s fair that you people on Social Security get free medical insurance.”  When I pointed out the fact that we pay for Medicare and that a premium is deducted from our Social Security check each month, he didn’t believe me.  You Kos readers under 65 know better than that, right?  I decided to take a survey and ask middle aged bus riders if they knew Medicare Premiums were taken out of Social Security income.  The survey of course is not scientific but roughly three quarters of those I asked did not have a clue about the monthly premiums.    My Social Security income is small because of the years I did not pay into it.  I think it was 1949 when military people were first included in the system.  When I began to draw Social Security retirement in 1992, deductions were made for Medicare.  My wife retired in 1995 and premium deductions were made from her account as well.  We did not use any Medicare benefits at all till 2006.  In 2006 at the suggestion of the Military Medical Service we were advised to acquire a Primary Care Manager.  We did and see him every three months.  He charges Medicare roughly 2 hundred dollars for each of our quarterly visits.  Our current Medicare Premiums cost us about $2,400 a year.  Do the math.  You can see we paid a lot more into the system than we took out.  I don’t believe we are all that unique.  Of course there are people who have severe medical problems and I certainly don’t mind our premiums being used to cover their costs.      I have children who are approaching retirement age.  I have advised them not to apply for Medicare if the Republicans win the coming election.  Have a living will and a Medical Savings Account if at all possible.    The point of this diary is to emphasize the fact that a lot of people have no clue about how the Social Security System works.  I do have a couple of question for anyone in the know. 1. How much does Medicare cost the General Fund each year?  2.  What is the punishment for ripping off the system, other than a fine?  3.  Do you remember the Gov. of Florida and his Medicare problems?    
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Liberal Utopia: Obama Actually Gutted Medicare by $732,000,000,000.00+

The drastic reductions in Medicare reimbursements under ObamaCare will create havoc and chaos in health care for seniors. Many doctors, surgeons and specialists providing critical care to the elderly — such as surgery for hip and knee replacements, sophisticated diagnostics through MRIs and CT scans, and even treatment for cancer and heart disease — will cease serving Medicare patients. If the government is not going to pay, then seniors are not going to get the health services, treatment and care they expect.
Source: liberalutopia.net

Blue Hampshire: Politics ::: "Ryan Will Force the Democrats to Deal With the Issues"

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MORE DIRTY TRICKS FROM YOUR SOCIALIST/MARXIST   PRESIDENT AND HIS NASTY LITTLE ADMINISTRATION HACKS by SS&SSObama looked at that and quickly came to a broader diagnosis: the problem America faces isn’t the economics of Medicare, it is the economics of health care in general. Costs have been rising at rates far greater than inflation. People in general – workers, kids, those between jobs, not just seniors  – couldn’t afford care, and they either got worse and maybe died or the emergency room costs were passed on to the rest of us. The whole health care system was unsustainable. Medicare?? If you just talk about Medicare you are burying your head in the sand.
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Daily Kos: Romney rips Obama for Medicare cuts in Ryan budget

Mitt Romney has just one answer to the big elephant in the room that’s keeping Paul Ryan out of Florida. Ending Medicare as we know it? Yeah, well, Obamacare!!!! The least subtle attack came from Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus. “This president stole — he didn’t cut Medicare — he stole $700 billion from Medicare to fund Obamacare, […] If any person in this entire debate has blood on their hands in regard to Medicare, it’s Barack Obama. He’s the one that’s destroying Medicare.” And here’s Romney himself, Ryan-less, in Florida. “The president’s idea for instance for Medicare was to cut it by 700 billion dollars,” Romney continued. “That’s not the right answer. We want to make sure we preserve and protect Medicare.” It’s not new. He’s been telling this lie for months. It’s always been a lie. There aren’t Medicare benefits cuts in the Affordable Care Act. No senior has been bloodied by any of those cuts, and no senior will be.
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Ryan’s “premium support” proposal for Medicare: Myths and facts

2. Myth: Expanding private plans in Medicare will reduce Medicare’s costs.  Fact:  Private Medicare Advantage plans have raised Medicare costs.  Private insurers profit by selectively enrolling the healthy and shunning the sick, as documented in a New England Journal of Medicine article subtitled “The healthy go in and the sick go out.” Hence, they collect premiums paid by the Medicare program, and provide little care. As a result, the Congressional Budget Office estimates that Medicare Advantage plans cost Medicare 12 percent more per enrollee than the traditional program. New research from the National Bureau of Economic Research indicates that the true cost of private plans to Medicare may be much higher than the CBO estimate. Since Medicare launched a new risk adjustment scheme based on 70 diagnostic codes in 2004, overpayments to private plans have increased dramatically and accounted for $30 billion in excess spending, or 8 percent of total  Medicare spending, in 2006 alone. Since then the overpayments have likely risen as the proportion of Medicare recipients in private plans has jumped from 16 percent to 24 percent.
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Smartypants: Romney/Ryan on Medicare…welfare for private insurers

As we’ve seen over the last few days, Romney/Ryan are trying to pre-empt the damage Ryan’s Medicare proposal will have on their campaign by saying that President Obama cut Medicare too. When I watched this clip of Romney talking about that yesterday, I understood a little better what they’re up to. Notice at the end that Romney talks about expanding the Medicare Advantage program. First of all, a little background about Medicare Advantage. Essentially, it works like this: Congress allowed private HMOs to compete for Medicare patients under the rationale that they could offer better service at lower cost than the government. They couldn’t. So Republicans in Congress began boosting their payments, to the point that Medicare Advantage gets paid 114 percent what Medicare gets paid to care for a patient… …economists have estimated that for every extra dollar we pay the program, 14 percent is passed on to seniors and 86 percent goes to profits or other costs. In other words, we’re getting only 14 cents of obvious value for every dollar of overpayment. Ahhh…the freedom of the free market and competition. See how well it works in health care – NOT! Not only is it more expensive than traditional Medicare, private insurance companies are taking home 86 cents for every dollar that taxpayers overpay. That was all BEFORE passage of ObamaCare. The greatest amount of savings in Medicare [under ACA], about $130 billion over 10 years, will be achieved by reducing overpayments to private Medicare Advantage (MA) plans. The private health insurance lobby is – of course – livid about this. And therefore Republicans must be livid as well. When they talk about a “big government takeover of health care,” what they mean is that ObamaCare is taking away their gravy train of profits at the expense of taxpayers. And what have the changes to Medicare Advantage in ObamaCare meant for seniors? Premiums are down 7% and enrollment is up 10%. With all that we can now better understand what Romney/Ryan want to do with Medicare. They want to get rid of the limits ObamaCare put on Medicare Advantage and go back to having taxpayers subsidize the profits of private insurance companies. That’s how they roll…welfare for private insurers is their game.
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CrummeyService.com Accepts Equity Investment

In order for a gift to a trust to qualify for the annual gift tax exclusion, currently $13,000 per beneficiary, the IRS requires trust beneficiaries to be given formal written notice of their right to withdraw the gifted amount if they choose to do so (Crummey v Commissioner, 397 F.2d 82 (9th cir 1968)). CrummeyService.com technology reminds the grantor to make the gift to the trust, notifies the beneficiaries of their right to withdraw the gifted amounts, and provides an independent third-party record of the entire process.
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Paul Ryan’s plan for Medicare

Why would anyone want the government to control any of their business decisions yet alone our health care decisions? This is a prime example of the ideology differences of Democrats vs. Republicans. The current adminastration feels that they know what is best for us and therefore want to create more government to control the healthcare industry. Republicans want to allow the citizen to make their own decisions in regards to choosing what plan would best benefit them. The Obama adminastration hasn’t created jobs, has invested our money in “Green” businesses that have gone bankrupt within a year (550 million for one venture alone) and they want us to turn over our healthcare decisions to them. I was on vacation last week and saw a news report that took place in a doctors office where there was a sign hanging when you walked that stated,”If Obamacare goes into effect, we will have to close our office within 6 months, etc…”. This is real ! Does anyone truly believe that the government will be able to run the healthcare business any more efficiently than it handles our countries finances. Pres. Obama recently signed a Free Trade Agreement with Columbia. Columbia? Now we have another third world country expoting goods to our country undermining our own ability to create jobs because they don’t have to pay taxes. Not to mention the cost of living is much lower there and they pay their employees virtually nothing to manufacture the goods. How do we compete? We don’t ! The sole purpose of these agreements is to share the wealth with the world and bring America down from our high living. Wake up people. Don’t let the government take more from us and give it to others. Obama is right when he says this election is about two different views on where America is headed in the future but he just isn’t being honest on where he wants it to head. Your choice is more government (Democrat) or less government (Republican), plain and simple. It isn’t black or white. It isn’t liberal or conservative. Romney is being critisized for being a shrewd businessman and yet Obama is a complete bust as a businessman. Remember the words he himself said, ” If things aren’t better in four years, I don’t deserve to be re-elected”.
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Kaiser Permanente’s Medicare Plan Website Recognized as a Benchmark for Excellence

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YOU MIGHT WANT TO START PLANNING by SS&SSAbout Kaiser Permanente Kaiser Permanente is committed to helping shape the future of health care. We are recognized as one of America’s leading health care providers and not-for-profit health plans. Founded in 1945, our mission is to provide high-quality, affordable health care services and to improve the health of our members and the communities we serve. We currently serve more than 9 million members in nine states and the District of Columbia. Care for members and patients is focused on their total health and guided by their personal physicians, specialists and team of caregivers. Our expert and caring medical teams are empowered and supported by industry-leading technology advances and tools for health promotion, disease prevention, state-of-the-art care delivery and world-class chronic disease management. Kaiser Permanente is dedicated to care innovations, clinical research, health education and the support of community health. For more information, go to: www.kp.org/newscenter.
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Video: Jed Weissberg, MD, Talks About Medicare Advantage Health Plans and the Special Enrollment Period

Medicare program offers insight into nursing home safety

Families in South Carolina can use this free resource to help narrow down the facilities that seem like the best fit, and then conduct in-person visits from there. Nursing home negligence is a top concern among families who require residential placement for their loved ones, and Nursing Home Compare can help shine a light on which facilities offer the highest standard of care. For those families who believe that their loved one has experienced nursing home negligence or abuse, the first step is to investigate the avenues available for legal recourse. A well-executed lawsuit can not only result in punitive measures for the individuals and institutions responsible, but can also give families the financial means to secure quality care for their loved one.
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Which is better? Medicare or Medicare Advantage?

6. What is the Medicare Advantage plan’s star rating? The 5-star rating system is used by Medicare to monitor Medicare Advantage plans and determine if they meet certain quality standards.  The ratings also make it easier for someone on Medicare to compare plans based on quality and customer service. The star rating system considers 53 quality measures, such as success in providing preventive services, managing chronic illness, and keeping consumer complaints to a minimum. The higher the plan’s rating, the better. It’s not a bad idea to target plans that have a rating of 3.5 or higher.
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Medicare Advantage Star Ratings: Detaching Pay from Performance

Because criteria for evaluation are not published until after the period for which performance will be evaluated, there is no possibility that MA plans will be able to improve their performance to achieve the goals CMS intends to incentivize. Any adjustment plans will be able to make to their bids or plan offerings would have to be aimed at increasing enrollment in counties with the highest bonuses and rebates based on data from performance in previous years, possibly at the expense of improving their performance in the future.
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Putting the Patient in the Center: Star Ratings Congress for Medicare Advantage Plans

This commitment starts at the very top of an organization, meaning that CEOs and their leadership teams must send a clear message to staff, partners and communities that they hold themselves and their organizations accountable to better experiences of care for their patients.  Higher quality also requires systemic thinking, such as building new systems and processes that support safe, effective, patient-centered, timely, efficient and equitable care.  One aspect of this systemic thinking is building a close relationship between health plans and their provider partners – and once again, putting patients at the center.  A commitment to training and culture growth can pull an entire health care system toward a new organizational DNA – one that is all about better health, better health care and lower costs.
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Medicare Part D Formulary Change

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Ryan’s “premium support” proposal for Medicare: Myths and facts

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Benefit Security Card .. HALF of the U.S live in households that receive government benefits (26 May 2012) ...item 2..Brevard man gets 4 years in Social Security fraud case (Jun 1, 2012 ) ... by marsmet4812. Myth: Expanding private plans in Medicare will reduce Medicare’s costs.  Fact:  Private Medicare Advantage plans have raised Medicare costs.  Private insurers profit by selectively enrolling the healthy and shunning the sick, as documented in a New England Journal of Medicine article subtitled “The healthy go in and the sick go out.” Hence, they collect premiums paid by the Medicare program, and provide little care. As a result, the Congressional Budget Office estimates that Medicare Advantage plans cost Medicare 12 percent more per enrollee than the traditional program. New research from the National Bureau of Economic Research indicates that the true cost of private plans to Medicare may be much higher than the CBO estimate. Since Medicare launched a new risk adjustment scheme based on 70 diagnostic codes in 2004, overpayments to private plans have increased dramatically and accounted for $30 billion in excess spending, or 8 percent of total  Medicare spending, in 2006 alone. Since then the overpayments have likely risen as the proportion of Medicare recipients in private plans has jumped from 16 percent to 24 percent.
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2013 Medicare Readmissions Penalties By State

The middle column shows the number of hospitals evaluated by Medicare in each state (both those that received penalties and those that didn’t). The right column shows the average of penalties and non-penalties across all hospitals in the state.  For a list of individual hospitals, look at this PDF chart or download a csv file of the data. For more information read our methodology.
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The old man Medicare card never brush nearly 6,000 yuan to buy medicine from the

Easy, 73-year-old gentleman who lives in Zhangba East Road, is a unit of the Senior Engineer,polo ralph lauren pas cher, 2004, the unit is retired personnel contact for medical insurance card. The old man said he has been the health insurance card safekeeping,burberry, only to see a doctor and buy medicine only when put to use, settlement will also vote collection and custody. In November of this year, easy gentleman to the vicinity of Electronic City, a medical shop to buy medicine, credit card checkout and was told that health insurance card has been canceled,louboutin pas cher, can not be used. Medicare card never left his side, how could be canceled Will the pharmacy system problem Elderly with Medicare card to run two medical stores and a hospital, but were told that can not be used.
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Home Health Care: Medicaid Eligibility Requirements

There are many benefits that go along with the Medicaid program. As long as you meet eligibility guidelines and requirements, you will have access to these benefits. It is executed state to state but the funding is made through reimbursements from the federal government. Currently, there are 25 categories of eligibility which can be classified into five coverage groups. These groups include children, individuals over the age of 65, individuals with disabilities and adults with dependent children. The eligibility will differ from state to state, but all states are required to cover mandatory groups. However, the state can decide whether to cover groups that are categorized as optionally eligible. Most states have forms online that you can download and print out, however no states currently allow you to submit an online application. These groups include pregnant women, children and low-income families who have dependent children. The income level of these groups must be lower than the poverty level. Some Medicare beneficiaries may also be eligible for additional coverage by Medicaid. These beneficiaries will vary from one state to another. Each state is allowed to use their own discretion to provide benefits to these groups. Always be sure to check the eligibility requirements for your state when planning an application. If you believe you have met the requirements and have been denied coverage, you have the right to appeal the decision. Any appeal information will be printed on your eligibility notice that will be received in the mail. To apply, you can obtain an application at an office run by your state government. You cannot yet apply for it online. If you fill out an application at an office, the office is responsible for processing the application. While the application process does take some time, most states are required to complete the application within 45 days. If the application is based on a disability, the state has up to 90 days. The most common reason for denial is an incomplete application, so make sure all parts of the forms are completed when filling out the application. Also be sure to have all required documentation available to include with the application. In some cases, if you are receiving Medicare, it may pay for some of the premiums, coinsurances and deductibles. You could also be eligible for Medicare related expense payment if your income is more than 100% or less than 120% of the poverty level. If you are disabled, it will pay for Medicare Part A premiums if you have lost your Medicare coverage due to employment. Your income must be below 200% of the poverty level. For state run programs to be eligible for funding there are certain services that must be provided to certain populations. The health care help must include services including hospital services, payment for physician services, nursing facilities for people over 21 years of age, surgical dental services, family planning, midwife services, x-rays, laboratory services, pediatric services, rural health clinic costs and federally-qualified health center services. An optionally eligible program will cover clinical services, prescription drugs, dental, prosthetics, optometry, nursing facilities and intermediate care for the mentally retarded. Each state will determine the duration of all its benefits. Federal guidelines must be followed and they require that the amount and duration of service is reasonable. Each state is responsible for placing a limit on benefits thereafter. In most cases, those on it are allowed to choose between health care providers. The state may also elect to run the program through an HMO. Always check with the state laws and guidelines for it to know what benefits are available. Payments are made directly to the health care providers. Providers are required to accept all its reimbursements in full. However, the state is allowed to change the copayments and deductibles for certain recipients. For emergency care and family planning services, the state cannot make these changes. Pregnant women, children under 18 and individuals in nursing homes are exempt from copayments. Currently, there is no limit or cap on the services received under it. The federal government is required to match what each state provides. The reimbursement rates must be sufficient so that providers will be attracted. This allows Medicaid benefits and services to be available to the qualifying population in the state.
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Daily Kos: New Romney claim: Mitt’s Medicare plan is ‘very different’ than Ryan’s

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In honor of Tax Day by swanksalotLast night she was filling in for Anderson Cooper on AC360 and hammered Romeny surrogate, Barbara Comstock, in the same fashion on the same issue.  Soledad was presenting facts, facts and more facts and all you had was Comestock shooting back with crazy talk.  Of course the GOP will label Solebad a lib.  I just wish all journalist would conduct interviews like this.  Instead of just letting people come on with talking points that are complete lies, they need to call them out on the BS.  Have someone come on and lie and all you do is sit there and let them lie is no way to present the news.  
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Brad DeLong: On Ryan’s Claim That He Will Just End Medicare as We Know It for the Currently

The grandfather clause: I saw a reference to (US Representative) Paul Ryan’s plan to kill Social Security and Medicare, but only for people currently under 55 (he doesn’t say “kill” of course, but if it was going to make things better he wouldn’t need to exempt everyone likely to care directly about the issue)…. A policy like this has what economists like to call a time-inconsistency problem. To get the policy approved, Ryan needs the votes of people currently over 55 (hence the exemption)…. [Future Congresses] will face three choices: (a) Repeal the whole thing if they can do so before it comes into force; (b) Keep on paying high taxes to fund benefits they will never receive for the benefit of the selfish old so-and-so’s who voted to cut the rope once they had reached the top; or (c ) extend the same cuts to the (as of 2011) over 55’s, and claw back some money for themselves.
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CNN’s Wolf Blitzer Grills DNC Mouthpiece on Misleading Medicare Claims in Ryan’s Plan (Video)

Obama continues his attack upon success and individualism. He believes in socialist collectivism over personal achievement and the American dream. From Beltway Confidential: One month to the day after his infamous ‘you didn’t build that’ speech, President Obama’s description of wealthy people did not include “smart” or “hardworking,” as he instead ascribed t […]
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Infidel Bloggers Alliance: Every time you hear someone claim Ryan’s plan will ‘gut’ or ‘destroy’ Medicare ‘as we know it’ REMEMBER, you are looking at a blatant, UNABASHED LIAR

All of us, every single man, woman, and child on the face of the Earth were born with the same unalienable rights; to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. And, if the governments of the world can’t get that through their thick skulls, then, regime change will be necessary.
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Claim that Obama Cut in Medicare of $700 billion is Stealing. The Answer.

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The Medicare Wars Begin Anew

Ryan really believes in ending Medicare as we know it. The essential promise of Medicare, ever since its establishment in 1965, is that every senior citizen is entitled to a comprehensive set of medical benefits that will protect him or her from financial ruin. The government provides these benefits directly, through a public insurance program, although seniors have the right to enroll in comparable private plans if they choose. But the key is that guarantee of benefits, and it’s what Ryan would take away. He would replace it with a voucher, whose value would rise at a pre-determined formula unlikely to keep up with actual medical expenses.
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Ryan’s candidacy and the Social Security/Medicare/Medicaid debate http://t.co/GafwDK1I [The Blue Voice]

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Video: Sonora Resident Fights Blue Cross, Medicare

Daily Kos: ATTACK! Medicare resonates! Show no mercy!

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Keeping an eye on Social Security and Medicare

When elected officials talk about the future of Social Security and Medicare, it’s usually a lot of “Washington-speak.” AARP is working to change that by making sure everyone in North Carolina understands what’s being discussed in Congress and has opportunities to express personal points of view. We’ve enlisted a broad range of experts from all political views to share their ideas so you can understand the pros and cons of leading proposals on the table in Washington.
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Frank Luntz Messaging Ordered by NRCC For Medicare Lies

They’ve chosen a clinical psychopath as their standard bearer and candidate and he has, in turn, chosen a personality most like himself as his running mate. Ryan can match Romney cruelty for cruelty, lie for lie, corrupt act for corrupt act, predatory act for predatory act. Ryan is another mailign psychopath who is devoid of conscience and whose entire moral construct is nothing more than a convoluted set of shabby rationalizations that allow him to indulge his basest and most unworthy instincts. Just like Romney. These guys are so far off the deep end that they are alienating what remains of mainstream Republicans. If anything costs romney the vote in Florida, it will be his choice of Ryan; it signals a write-off of minorities and is flipping the bird at seniors. Now the NRCC is in damage control mode. Somehow, I don’t think they are going to have much success at controlling the message, try as they might.
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Daily Kos: New Romney claim: Mitt’s Medicare plan is ‘very different’ than Ryan’s

Last night she was filling in for Anderson Cooper on AC360 and hammered Romeny surrogate, Barbara Comstock, in the same fashion on the same issue.  Soledad was presenting facts, facts and more facts and all you had was Comestock shooting back with crazy talk.  Of course the GOP will label Solebad a lib.  I just wish all journalist would conduct interviews like this.  Instead of just letting people come on with talking points that are complete lies, they need to call them out on the BS.  Have someone come on and lie and all you do is sit there and let them lie is no way to present the news.  
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The Houston Conservative: The “Matrix” Election

Our choice in this election is just that stark and simple. It’s not about tax returns or whether Romney was still at Bain when one of the few businesses they bought just couldn’t remain profitable and had to be sold, it’s not about all of those distractions and attempts by Democrats to frighten and intimidate voters. Those are all side issues–bunny trails Democrats are attempting to divert us down as they gradually steal our liberties and freedom. So, America, do we want to sit idly by and watch America as we all know it and love it is transformed into just another failed European state, or do we want to recapture the spirit we all celebrated when Ronald Reagan was president? Will we be that “shining city on the hill,” or will we be another nation in which it is the government that wields the power rather than the people? So, I ask again:
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Conservative Views for the Grassroots: Ryan Will Excite the Tea Party, Blue Dogs, & Conservatives

This is why Romney picked Ryan. Ryan will excite the conservative grassroots, the Tea Party, and the Blue Dog Democrats, who are pissed at Obama. Ryan will destroy Biden in the debates when it comes to fiscal responsibility and Obamacare. “I will not sign a plan that adds one dime to our deficits — either now or in the future.” (Remarks by President Obama to a Joint Session of Congress, September 9, 2009) This afternoon Budget Committee Ranking Member Ryan walked through why the bill put forward by Democrats FAILS the President’s deficit test. — The Majority Leader said the bill scores as reducing deficit by $131 billion over the next 10 years. First a little bit about CBO: I work with them every single day; very good people; great professionals. They do their jobs well. But their job is to score what is placed in front of them. And what has been placed in front of them is a bill that is fill of gimmicks and smoke and mirrors. Now what do I mean when I say that? First off, the bill has ten years of tax increases and ten years of Medicare cuts to pay for six years of spending. The true ten year cost when subsidies kick-in? $2.3 trillion. The bill is full of gimmicks that more than erase the false claim of deficit reduction: – $52 billion of savings is claimed by counting increased Social Security payroll revenues. These dollars are already claimed for future Social Security beneficiaries, and claiming to offset the cost of this bill either means were double-counting or were not going to pay Social Security benefits. – $72 billion in savings is claimed from the CLASS Act long-term care insurance. These so-called savings are not offsets, but rather premiums collected to pay for future benefits. Senate Budget Committee Chairman Kent Conrad has called these savings, A ponzi scheme that would make Bernie Madoff proud. Additionally, the nearly half-trillion dollars in Medicare cuts cannot be counted twice. Medicare is in dire need of reform in order to make certain that we can ensure health security for future seniors. Using Medicare as a piggy bank, it raids a half trillion dollars from retirees health coverage to fund the creation of another open-ended health care entitlement. The Presidents chief Medicare actuary says up to 20% of Medicare providers may go bankrupt or stop taking Medicare beneficiaries as a result. Millions of seniors who have chosen Medicare Advantage will lose the coverage they now enjoy. Objections to the policy aside, you cannot use these savings twice to both extend the life of Medicare and to pay for other spending. The half-trillion dollars in Medicare cuts are either to extend the programs solvency or to reduce the cost of this deficit but not both as its authors claim. When you strip away the double-counting of Medicare cuts, the so-called savings from Social Security payroll taxes and the CLASS Act, the deficit increases by $460 billion over first ten years and $1.4 trillion over second ten years. Finally, one of the most expensive and most cynical of the gimmicks applies to Medicare physician payments, the so-called Doc Fix. By your own estimate, the Doc Fix adds an additional $371 billion to the cost of health care reform. With the price tag beyond what most Americans could handle, the Majority decided to simply remove this costly provision and deal with it in a stand-alone bill. Ignoring this additional cost does not remove it from the backs of taxpayers. Hiding spending doesnt reduce spending.
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Medicare Reimbursement: Medicare Payment Methods for Providers, Medicare Advantage Plans, and Medicare Part D Drug Plans

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Video: Update on Medicare Reimbursement

Medicare rules for seniors leave hospitals in reimbursement limbo. A new program may change that

Currently, if Medicare decides that a hospital has billed it for inpatient treatment of a patient who should have received observation services, the facility can lose its entire payment and is not paid for the cost the observation care. That may prompt hospitals to put too many people in observation care, Medicare says in the rule announcing the pilot program. Under the pilot, the 380 hospitals participating will be able to rebill Medicare for observation services if claims for inpatient care are rejected.  Medicare officials want to see if that takes some of the pressure off hospitals.
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Sound Masking Your Way to Medicare Reimbursement

One key area is ensuring the area around patient rooms is always quite at night which is challenge for most hospitals. Doctors and nurses who are constantly milling around, responding to calls or checking in on patients can easily disrupt neighboring patients at night. Not only is a lack of sleep frustrating for patients, it can actually prolong recuperation. According to Niklas Moeller, studies have shown that sleep deprivation can “weaken the immune system, impede the body’s ability to generate new cells, and decrease pain tolerance – all of which can lengthen hospital stays.”
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Does Medical Malpractice Reform Really Result in Decreased Health Care Costs?

The data reveals that this theory – a linchpin of “tort reform” advocacy – boils down to little more than an unfounded collection of unsupported inferences.  How do we know this?  First, by looking at areas where medical malpractice reforms have been implemented and noting how little things have changed.  For instance, Texas is a model medical malpractice “reform” state that enacted legislation in 2003 which, among other things, capped non-economic medical malpractice damages at $250,000.00.  Some politicians have cited Texas’ reforms as “successful,” but the success of this legislation certainly cannot be measured by its effect in controlling health care costs.  Consider the chart below, which compares Medicare reimbursement trends between Texas and the nation as a whole during the years 2000-2007.
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Healthcare Economist · How Massachusetts hospitals increased Medicare reimbursement rates by 20 percent

Prior to 2012, the Nantucket Cottage Hospital was classified as a critical access hospital and therefore did not figure into the computations for the states’ IPPS [Inpatient Prospective Payment System] HWI [Hospital Wage Index] rural floor. However, as a result of being acquired by a large health system, the Nantucket Cottage Hospital converted to IPPS status, becoming the only rural IPPS hospital in the state of Massachusetts. This change resulted in the rural floor wage index being applied to 60 urban hospitals in the state of Massachusetts, increasing wage indexes for these hospitals from an average of 1.16 in FY2011 to 1.35 in FY2012.
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Prepping for Accountable Care

For much of my career as an academic physician, I was involved in developing, evaluating and implementing changes in surgical practice.  At its core, we were replacing procedures requiring a large abdominal incision and extended recovery time with minimally invasive techniques done through endoscopes for outpatients.  Surgery is inherently risky and testing new procedures doubly so.  These risks were mitigated in several ways.  First, and most importantly, we tested procedures in a no-risk environment using a variety of models.  Only when techniques were perfected and safe were initial trials undertaken with well-informed patients.  Second, we practiced as a team, including physicians, nurses and technicians.  Everyone understood their role and what was expected before we graduated from the practice environment.  Third, we all knew the ultimate goal – to accomplish the same surgical task, but with the reduced pain, recovery time and expense associated with a minimally invasive approach.  The result of this work, here and nationally, has been to replace standard invasive procedures with endoscopic techniques that have dramatically reduced morbidity.
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The Political Doctor: Who cuts Medicare better?

Let’s say you’re a President looking to reform health care.  You come up with a scheme that will insure tens of millions of people, but now you have to pay for it.  It seems reasonable to start by asking those who would profit from more people having insurance to chip in.  Expanding insurance means lots of extra money for hospitals, as there would be fewer uninsured people potentially sticking the hospital with the bill for their care.  Doctors similarly will not feel as obligated to care for as many people cost-free, a common practice currently.  Pharmaceutical companies and device manufacturers, as previously discussed, would profit tremendously if more people are able to pay for their products. Given that hospitals will save hundreds of billions in formerly-free care, Medicare can drop their reimbursement rates by some amount in order to pay for the system which allows those hospitals to save all that money to begin with. This concept for hospitals/providers, along with eliminating subsidies to insurance companies to cover Medicare beneficiaries, is the origin of the $700 billion that Romney et al say Obama “stole” from Medicare.  Yes, Medicare payments to hospitals will drop, but taken in toto, the hospitals turn out ok.  Large hospital groups and the AMA supported passage of Obamacare despite the drops in Medicare reimbursements because they realized the money they were “losing” was the house’s money, which they wouldn’t even have if not for Obamacare. Contrast this approach with Paul Ryan’s budget, which eliminates the expanded coverage provisions of Obamacare while keeping the $700 billion in Medicare cuts.  Without the benefits to providers resulting from more people having insurance, those cuts will actually mean worse quality or increased costs for seniors, unless private insurance miraculously becomes more efficient at controlling costs than Medicare, despite decades of evidence to the contrary.
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Nearly every N.J. hospital to be penalized by Medicare for high readmissions : One Caribbean Radio

Andrew Miller, medical director for the group that issued the report, said hospitals, doctors, visiting nurses and home health aides can prevent some readmissions by making sure patients take their medicine and go for follow-up appointments. In lower-income areas, keeping patients healthy can be more difficult if they can’t afford their prescriptions, he said.
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How to save Medicare: Exclusive Q&A with Rep. Paul Ryan

Paul Ryan: There are 10,000 baby boomers retiring every day, with fewer workers paying into the program to support Medicare beneficiaries. This demographic transformation is taking place as health care costs increase at an unsustainable rate, directly threatening Medicare’s ability to deliver quality, affordable care to seniors. Non-partisan experts—from the Congressional Budget Office to Medicare’s own actuaries—warn of the looming bankruptcy of Medicare just as today’s seniors are in the heart of their retirement. Roughly one decade from now, the available funds to cover seniors’ hospital benefits will be fully exhausted. Absent reform, tens of trillions of dollars of empty promises will painfully become broken promises.
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Representative Ryan's Medicare and Medicaid Proposals Stun

Interesting research presented by R. Tamara Konetzka PhD, associate professor at the University of Chicago, sheds light on the complicated relationship between reimbursement and quality outcomes. Recognizing that SNF Medicare revenues subsidize low Medicaid rates (Illinois rate is lowest in the nation) Professor Konetzka studied the impact of the Medicare prospective payment system (PPS) implemented on SNF’s in 1998 on quality of care. Interestingly, although no impact could be found among the Medicare SNF population outcomes, the long-term stay residents (whose primary payment source is Medicaid) experienced a great risk of urinary tract infections as well as pressure sores. Apparently, SNF providers reduced staffing needed to care for long-term care residents rather then risking poorer outcomes among the “more important” Medicare patients. At the very least, any proposal to restructure Medicare and Medicaid needs to be viewed from through this prism in order to consider indirect effects.
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Representative Ryan's Medicare and Medicaid Proposals Stun

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NYC TO WALL ST.: BUSH / CHENEY: DROP DEAD. by eyewashdesign: A. GoldenInteresting research presented by R. Tamara Konetzka PhD, associate professor at the University of Chicago, sheds light on the complicated relationship between reimbursement and quality outcomes. Recognizing that SNF Medicare revenues subsidize low Medicaid rates (Illinois rate is lowest in the nation) Professor Konetzka studied the impact of the Medicare prospective payment system (PPS) implemented on SNF’s in 1998 on quality of care. Interestingly, although no impact could be found among the Medicare SNF population outcomes, the long-term stay residents (whose primary payment source is Medicaid) experienced a great risk of urinary tract infections as well as pressure sores. Apparently, SNF providers reduced staffing needed to care for long-term care residents rather then risking poorer outcomes among the “more important” Medicare patients. At the very least, any proposal to restructure Medicare and Medicaid needs to be viewed from through this prism in order to consider indirect effects.
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Video: Medicare Anniversary Demonstration at Beth Israel Medical Center – NYC #OWS

Democrat Attacks on Paul Ryan: Would Kill Medicare and Social Security

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ROMNEY OFFICIALLY EMBRACES RYAN’S PLAN FOR MEDICARE

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Avoiding the (Medicare) “Doughnut Hole”

According to the new study, and sheer intuition, patients that fall within the doughnut hole are associated with a significant drop in medication use – 12% on average. That is always relevant, but perhaps especially so in the case of depression medication. While discontinuing any prescribed medication is never advisable, it is often easier to justify foregoing depression medication than other medications.
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Bellavia on Medicare and NY

The race for the newly drawn 27th congressional district could be one of the most interesting contests this year. Freshman Democrat Kathy Hochul is hoping to win re-election there, and two Republicans have already lined up to challenge. But David Bellavia has picked up several endorsements ahead of the June 26 primary, and he is confident he can beat former Erie County Executive Chris Collins and Hochul.
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THE ASTUTE BLOGGERS: MUST SEE TV: OBAMA IN 2010 PRAISING THE SERIOUSNESS OF RYAN’S MEDICARE PLAN AND PROMISING HE WON’T DEMAGOGUE IT

MORE PROOF THAT EVERY PROMISE OBAMA HAS EVER MADE SHOULD COME WITH AN EXPIRATION DATE:  President Obama: I think Paul [Ryan], for example, the head of the Budget Committee, has looked at the budget and has made a serious proposal. Ive read it. I can tell you whats in it. And theres some ideas in there that I would agree with but theres some ideas we should have a healthy debate about because I dont agree with them. The major driver of our long-term liabilities, everybody here knows, is Medicare and Medicaid and our health care spending. Nothing comes close. Thats going to be what our children have to worry about. Now, Pauls approach, and I want to be careful not to simplify this, I know youve got a lot of detail in your plan, but, if I understand it correctly, would say, were going to provide vouchers of some sort for current Medicare recipients at the current level No? Congressman Ryan: No we protect the program for Americans 55 and above [those in and near retirement] Obama: I understand theres a grandfathering in.Thats why I said I wanted to make sure that Im not being unfair to your proposal. I just want to point out that Ive read it, and the basic idea would be that, at some point, we hold Medicare cost per recipient constant as a way of making sure that that doesnt go way out of whack, and Im sure there some details Ryan: We increase the Medicare payments with a blend of inflation and health inflation. The point of our plan is, because Medicare as you know is a $38 trillion unfunded liability. Obama: Right. Ryan: It has to be reformed for younger generations because it wont exist. Its going bankrupt. The premise of our idea is look, why not give people the same kind of health care plan we here have in Congress? Thats the kind of reform were proposing for Medicare. [applause] Obama: As I said before, this is an entirely legitimate proposal. There is a political vulnerability to doing anything that tinkers with Medicare. And that’s probably the biggest savings that are obtained through Paul’s plan. 
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Ryan's Medicare plan would be tricky to pull off

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Cassandra Q. Butts by Center for American ProgressThe political sensitivities are clear. Polls find that Americans lean heavily on Medicare to help keep them secure after retirement and are suspicious of proposed alternatives, such as Ryan’s. Surveys also give Democrats an edge over Republicans when people are asked which party people most trust to handle Medicare. Democrats held a 48 percent-39 percent advantage on that issue in a June 2011 AP-GfK poll.
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Video: Fact checking Ryan’s Medicare plan

Republican VP candidate Paul Ryan’s Medicare plan in the spotlight

Mindful of the risks, Romney put gentle but unmistakable distance between his agenda and Ryan’s hot-potato budget proposals on Sunday, a day after announcing his running mate’s selection. The presidential candidate singled out Ryan’s work “to make sure we can save Medicare.” But Romney never said whether he embraced that plan himself. During the Republican primary, Romney had called Ryan’s budget a “bold and exciting effort” that was “very much needed.”
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The Facts of Ryan’s Medicare Plan

Now, that’s it.  What I just told you is it.  That’s Ryan’s Medicare reform.  And as far as people over 55 are concerned, the same dollars are spent by Ryan’s plan as at present, same dollars.  Nothing is cut in Medicare spending for people over 55.  In fact, the criticism of the Ryan budget on the right is that it takes too long to balance.  It’s 30 years.  It doesn’t balance ’til you get to 2040.  And the reason for that is gradual. Get on the right track is all that needs to happen.  Like Ryan and Romney winning the election.  I guarantee you, if Ryan and Romney win the election you’re gonna see the stock market go through the roof. You’re gonna see small businesses start to hire. It’s gonna happen so fast you won’t believe it, the moment it’s known that Obama’s out of office.  One of the reasons why the evolution of the Ryan plan is as long as it is, is to keep people from panicking and getting frightened.  This is actually a plan that deals with people who aren’t gonna be accessing this program for 30 years, when you get right down to it.
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Obama targets Ryan Medicare plan in new video

Ryan has proposed a voucher-like system to reshape Medicare that independent budget analysts say would likely mean higher costs for seniors. Ryan maintains the changes are needed to preserve Medicare for future generations.
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Paul Ryan’s plan for Medicare

Why would anyone want the government to control any of their business decisions yet alone our health care decisions? This is a prime example of the ideology differences of Democrats vs. Republicans. The current adminastration feels that they know what is best for us and therefore want to create more government to control the healthcare industry. Republicans want to allow the citizen to make their own decisions in regards to choosing what plan would best benefit them. The Obama adminastration hasn’t created jobs, has invested our money in “Green” businesses that have gone bankrupt within a year (550 million for one venture alone) and they want us to turn over our healthcare decisions to them. I was on vacation last week and saw a news report that took place in a doctors office where there was a sign hanging when you walked that stated,”If Obamacare goes into effect, we will have to close our office within 6 months, etc…”. This is real ! Does anyone truly believe that the government will be able to run the healthcare business any more efficiently than it handles our countries finances. Pres. Obama recently signed a Free Trade Agreement with Columbia. Columbia? Now we have another third world country expoting goods to our country undermining our own ability to create jobs because they don’t have to pay taxes. Not to mention the cost of living is much lower there and they pay their employees virtually nothing to manufacture the goods. How do we compete? We don’t ! The sole purpose of these agreements is to share the wealth with the world and bring America down from our high living. Wake up people. Don’t let the government take more from us and give it to others. Obama is right when he says this election is about two different views on where America is headed in the future but he just isn’t being honest on where he wants it to head. Your choice is more government (Democrat) or less government (Republican), plain and simple. It isn’t black or white. It isn’t liberal or conservative. Romney is being critisized for being a shrewd businessman and yet Obama is a complete bust as a businessman. Remember the words he himself said, ” If things aren’t better in four years, I don’t deserve to be re-elected”.
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Daily Kos: Mitt Romney claims the Ryan plan actually expands Medicare

thrilled to death to find that they need to provide a complete health history, then purchase a $15,000 a year policy, at a $7000/yr discount (hey, what’s 8000 bucks to the average senior?  I’m sure they’ll never miss it!), and then when they get sick, find the right hospital that accepts their insurance (it’s an invigorating experience!),  and find the right doctor that is in the specialty that they need that is covered under their plan (the benefit of socialization — seniors need to talk to lots of people, and this policy requirement will ensure that they are on the phone to many, many people for hours!).   Then when they get to the hospital, they get to go through the process of determining how they will pay for the 20% of their medical expenses plus their $1000.00 deductible that are not covered by their $15,000 per year policy before they can see a doctor (Math and problem solving!  It’s great for seniors!) See?  It’s an expansion alright.  Currently, they just go to the nearest hospital and are covered and can see any doctor.  How boring is that? Yep.  Thrilled to death.  Seniors are going to love it. (snarkety snark snark)
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Ryan’s Medicare Plan Comes Under Greater Scrutiny

CNN Money: Romney-Ryan Would Aim To Overhaul Medicaid Ryan, currently a House Republican and picked this weekend to be Romney’s running mate, wants to turn Medicaid and food stamps into block grants and make recipients work for certain benefits, according to his budget proposal unveiled in March. … Here’s how Medicaid and food stamps would work under the proposal: The federal government would give states a set amount of funds to cover their Medicaid recipients in the form of a block grant. States would also be given more flexibility to tailor the program’s requirements and enrollment criteria. Ryan says his plan would curtail Medicaid spending by $810 billion over 10 years. In 2022, federal Medicaid funding would be about 34% less than states would receive under current law, according to an analysis by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (Luhby, 8/13).
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Obama Targets Ryan Medicare Plan in New Video

Ryan has proposed a voucher-like system to reshape Medicare that independent budget analysts say would likely mean higher costs for seniors. Ryan maintains the changes are needed to preserve Medicare for future generations.
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Paul Ryan’s 2011 Medicare Plan: A Primer

(WASHINGTON) — Welcome to the next phase of the U.S. presidential campaign: a debate over Medicare. With Mitt Romney’s selection of Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., as his vice presidential running mate, conversation will swiftly turn to the proposal that has come to define Ryan’s political career — a plan to reinvent Medicare as a way to limit the growth in taxpayer spending on health care. Ryan has pushed some version of his plan since 2008, but it exploded as a topic of national discussion in the spring of 2011 when Ryan introduced it as part of his 2012 budget outline. President Obama blasted it. Newt Gingrich called it “right-wing social engineering.” House Speaker John Boehner didn’t exactly embrace it. Romney himself has not endorsed it in full, and since its roll-out, Ryan has worked with Democratic Sen. Ron Wyden, Ore., to modify it. Here’s what you need to know about Ryan’s Medicare plan: HOW IT WORKS If implemented, the government would no longer pay doctors to treat Medicare beneficiaries. Instead, beneficiaries would buy their own private insurance plans, and the government would give people money to pay to buy health plans from an approved list. Critics have called this the “end of Medicare as we know it,” and that’s true. Until now, Medicare has operated as a “fee-for-service” system; under Ryan’s plan, it would operate more like a voucher system, although Ryan and his aides have resisted this term.  Medicare would cease to pay for health services directly, instead operating as a board that approves a menu of health plans for public sale and doles out predetermined lumps of money to people enrolled in Medicare, to help them buy those plans. Ryan’s staff has defended this plan as “progressive,” and it is: If you’re poorer or sicker, you get more money from Medicare to cover your premiums. Think of it like “Obamacare” for seniors: Beneficiaries buy plans listed on a government-approved “exchange” of sorts, with more subsidy payments going to poorer people and those more expensive to cover. Everyone over 55 would be grandfathered into the current Medicare system. So if you’re of Medicare age right now, nothing would change if Ryan’s 2011 plan became law tomorrow. IT SHRINKS THE DEFICIT During the health overhaul debate, much was made of the deficit-neutrality of President Obama’s law, which Democrats achieved, in part, by taking $500 billion out of projected Medicare spending over the next 10 years, even as Medicare spending continues to grow. Ryan’s plan gets more aggressive. Under Ryan’s 2011 budget plan, the CBO projected in 2011 that deficits would be 2 percent of GDP by 2022, compared to 2.75 percent under current law, and compared to 9 percent in 2010. PEOPLE WILL HAVE TO PAY MORE A big part of Ryan’s method for slowing the rapid growth of health-care costs is by shifting incentives. Under his plan, it’s in the best interest of Medicare beneficiaries and health insurers to pay less for health care, avoiding superfluous services and procedures. Under the current system, that incentive doesn’t exist, as the government foots some of the bills. That said, the Congressional Budget Office projected in 2011 that individuals would have to pay more under his plan, with their share of (albeit lower) costs skyrocketing to 61 percent by 2022. The CBO’s preliminary long-term analysis included this chart of findings that drove much of the discussion of Ryan’s plan in 2011: WHAT PRESIDENT OBAMA HAS SAID ABOUT THE PLAN Democrats have roundly bashed Ryan’s Medicare plan, even picking up a House seat in a spring 2011 special election largely thanks to their loud campaigning against its recent release. Democrat Kathy Hochul ran ads attacking her opponent’s support for the plan, gaining a GOP-held seat in May of last year. After its release, the president called Ryan’s plan “fairly radical” and posited that it would “change our social compact in a pretty fundamental way,” ABC’s David Kerley reported. “I guess you could call that bold. I would call it short-sighted,” Obama told 500 Facebook employees and 200 other attendees at a town-hall meeting held at Facebook headquarters in Palo Alto, Calif., in April 2011. “Nothing is easier than solving a problem on the backs of people who are poor or people who are powerless or don’t have lobbyists or don’t have clout.” WHAT RYAN HAS SAID ABOUT IT Ryan himself has argued repeatedly that major changes are the only way to save Medicare, that if the cost curve isn’t bent dramatically, Medicare will drive the United States to insolvency, endangering the entitlement altogether. Faced with an onslaught of criticism, Ryan released a pitch for his plan in May 2011:
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