This past week there have been a lot of stories about Paul Ryan’s plan to fix our Medicare program. Nearly all trash it. Liberals are using it to scare money out of democratic donors.
The editorial board at the New York Times has gone ballistic, proclaiming that the apocalypse is near, now that someone has dared to say that entitlement reform will be necessary in order to preserve entitlements for future generations.
What the critics aren’t talking about is fine print in the Obama plan.
King Barack proposes to appoint a 15 member commission of “experts” that will “hold down” spending. In other words, the President won’t say how he’s going to do that, except to turn it over to an unelected body that is going to act as a rationing and price control board, deciding who gets what care and what the providers of that care will be paid.
Its decisions cannot be challenged in court. The Congress would have no legislative role, nor would the marketplace, consumers or private carriers. Instead of giving seniors a chance to decide what works best for them, a Soviet style control board will make decisions for our seniors.
Say what you will about the Ryan plan. At least he put something on the table that started a long needed discussion about how to preserve the Medicare program, give future seniors some individual choice and the ability to decide what works best for them.
The President? He thinks seniors are too dumb to do that, thus his plan to have our medicare decisions made by 15 central planners accountable to no one. Mr. President, the Soviets tried that. It didn’t work there. It won’t work here.