Ryan, 42, has described himself and the often confrontational Walker, 44, as “protégés of the Tommy Thompson farm team,” but the 70-year-old Thompson has sought to distance himself from their policy embrace on broad social issues. Although he has called for overturning the health law and has endorsed the concept promoted by Ryan to give seniors premium supports to buy health coverage in order to keep the system from running out of money, Thompson also has said he would want significant revisions in that plan, such as increased federal payments and an expanded pool for high-risk patients.
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Aging News Alert: Ryan’s Wisconsin Opponent Assails Medicare Proposal; Claims It Harms Seniors
The analysis of Ryan’s plan indicates it would effectively cut Social Security benefits of Wisconsin residents who claim benefits in 2022 by $5,884 per year — a 30% cut in Social Security benefits for the state’s average earner. Login to read the full story 10/26/12 11:38 AM
Wisconsin’s Thompson boasts about ‘doing away with’ Medicare
But as a strategic matter, this is a symptom of a larger problem. Tommy Thompson used to be a relatively moderate Republican, at least by contemporary standards, uncomfortable with far-right extremists. As his party has become radicalized, however, Thompson has been forced to scramble to convince his base that he’s sincere in his support for an extreme agenda.
Medicare, Health Law Are Common Themes In House And Senate Races
The Associated Press/Wall Street Journal: Spending By Outside Groups Rocks Many House Races Rep. Dan Lungren knows what it’s like to have a big bull’s eye plastered on his back. The Democratic Party and labor and environmental groups have spent $4.7 million on TV commercials and other efforts to unseat the nine-term Republican congressman from California. That makes him one of the biggest targets of outside groups, which are throwing unprecedented sums of money into House races this year. “I don’t recognize the person they’re portraying,” Lungren said about the ads that paint him as an ally of Wall Street and enemy of Medicare and abortion rights. He added, “Yeah, these ads have a considerable impact” (10/27).
In Swing States, Obama Leads on Handling of Medicare
Mr. Romney and Mr. Ryan have called for curbing the growing costs of Medicare by making major changes to the program. Their plan would change Medicare for people who are now under 55 so that when they are eligible for coverage they would no longer receive a government-guaranteed, fee-for-service health plan but rather a fixed amount of money each year that they would use to purchase private health insurance or buy into a version of the existing Medicare program. But they have not provided enough details of their plan to assess how much it might increase out-of-pocket costs for future beneficiaries. Mr. Obama has pledged to preserve Medicare in its current form, but has spoken less about its rising costs.
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There are also programs that can help with Medicare costs. The Low-Income Subsidy and Medicare Savings Programs can provide varying levels of assistance depending on the beneficiary’s income. There are still many Douglas County residents who may qualify for these programs but not even know it. Individuals with gross monthly income less than $1396, and couples with less than $1891 could be eligible for extra help. Certain asset limits apply.
Why The Paul Ryan VP Pick Was Brilliant: Wisconsin + Medicare
History suggests that if vice-presidential candidates matter anywhere, it’s in their home states. If I were Romney’s campaign manager, I would tell Ryan to spend most of the next three weeks—morning, noon, and night—visiting every city, town, and hamlet in Wisconsin. And if my internal polls had Obama’s margin down to (say) one point with three or four days until the election, I would schedule one or two big Romney rallies to maximize enthusiasm and turnout.
Karl Rove Targets Tammy on Medicare
The section of the ACA that sets up the board specifically declares: “The proposal shall not include any recommendation to ration health care, raise revenues or Medicare beneficiary premiums . . . increase Medicare beneficiary cost-sharing (including deductibles, coinsurance, and copayments), or otherwise restrict benefits or modify eligibility criteria.”
Industry Likes Medicare Home Care Expansion, But Cost Is Unknown
Patient advocacy and industry groups are cheering Medicare’s move to start paying nursing home, home care and physical therapy bills for some patients who were previously denied coverage. But how much extra it will cost the government is far from clear. For decades Medicare’s guidelines cut off coverage of ”skilled” nursing and home care services if patients weren’t shown to be improving. The care in question might have been physical therapy for stroke victims, home nurse visits for those with Alzheimer’s or post-hospital nursing home care for diabetics. Once their conditions plateaued or started deteriorating, Medicare would stop paying. (Source: Kaiser Health News) [Read article]
HCAN Polls: Obama lead grows in Wisconsin, Iowa
Washington, DC – New Public Policy Polling surveys in Wisconsin and Iowa, conducted on behalf of Health Care for America Now, find Barack Obama expanding his lead in both states following his debate victory on Monday. In Wisconsin he leads 51-45, up from a 49-47 margin three weeks ago. In Iowa he’s now ahead by a 49-47 spread, a slight improvement from 49-48 last weekend.
Ryan Challenger Launches Ad In Wisconsin: ‘The Ryan Plan Ends Medicare’
The ad then cuts to Zerban introducing himself: “This country is stronger when we invest in the mid class. I will never cut Medicare benefits — ever. I started two successful businesses, creating great-paying jobs. I’m Rob Zerban, and I approve this message, because I believe everybody deserves their shot at the American dream.”