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    Three Things About Ryan’s Medicare Plan in 100 Words

    There is so much misunderstanding and outright lies about Paul Ryan’s medicare proposals, chief among them being that the GOP wants to get RID of Medicare as we know it.  GET RID of it!  How can you reason with such blatant ignorance!? So, to start straightening some things out:

    From James Pethokoukis

    Number one: No one over the age of 55 would be affected in any way.

    Number two:  Traditional Medicare fee-for-service would remain available for all. ‘Premium support’ — that is, government funding of private insurance plans chosen by individuals — is an option for those who choose it. No senior would be forced out of the traditional Medicare program against his will.”

    Number three:  Overall funding for Medicare under the Ryan-Wyden plan is scheduled to grow at the same rate as under President Obama’s proposals. Is this ‘gutting Medicare’ and ‘ending Medicare as we know it’? In reality, it’s the market giving seniors cheaper, higher quality choices they can take if they wish, with the traditional program remaining an option.”

    Otherwise, Medicare “as we know it” is going broke.

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