Ryan Hits Obama on Medicare: Panel of Bureaucrats Will Lead to 'Waiting Lists and Denied Care'
9:41 AM, May 25, 2011 • By JOHN MCCORMACK
On a day when many pundits and (allegedly) objective news reporters are declaring the Medicare reform Paul Ryan proposed caused the Republican to lose in New York's special congressional election, Ryan is out with a new video defending his plan and attacking Obama's.
Ryan begins the video explaining the reasons why Medicare spending is growing out of control, and then draws a sharp contrast with Obamacare. “The President’s plan is to let a panel of 15 unelected, unaccountable bureaucrats decide how much, or how little, Medicare will pay doctors and which services Medicare will, or will not, pay doctors to provide for their patients,”Ryan says.
If we go down Obama's path on Medicare, says Ryan, "many doctors will stop seeing Medicare patients altogether, restricting access to health care for seniors and leading to waiting lists and denied care."
The ominous background music then turns optimistic as Ryan explains the House GOP's proposed reform. “Those in or near retirement should not be forced to reorganize their lives because of government’s mistakes. That’s why our budget ensures no changes for those 55 years old or older. But for future generations, we need real reform,” he says, explaining the guaranteed coverage plans that would be offered under his premium support model.
“The urgent need to reform Medicare and the President’s misguided approach have left us with a serious question to ask," Ryan concludes. "Who should be making health-care decisions for you and your family? A government monopoly and a panel of bureaucrats in Washington DC? Or you?"
Democrat Kathy Hochul, the winner of the NY-26 election,opposed Obama's cuts to Medicare as well as the House GOP's. Not many Democrats will have that luxury in 2012.
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