Working Against Medicare

Working Against Medicare

Eric Cantor is out to privatize Medicare through a voucher system. He supports turning over Medicare to private insurers. Budget chairman and vice-presidential candidate Paul Ryan’s so-called Path to Prosperity Plan calls for making Medicare a voucher program, forcing seniors to pay more for the same benefits, according to the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office’s Long-Term Analysis of a Budget Proposal by Chairman Ryan.

Eric Cantor went on Fox News Sunday where host Chris Wallace interviewed him about the proposed Medicare (and Medicaid) cuts:

We are in a situation where we’ve got a safety net in place in this country for people who frankly don’t need one…

We believe that if you put in the mechanisms that allow for personal choice [aka VOUCHERS] as far as Medicare is concerned as well as the programs in Medicaid, that we can actually get to a better result and do what most Americans are learning how to do, which is to do more with less.”

(From Think Progress)

According to Talking Points Memo, Cantor’s plan

for dealing with the exploding cost of health care is to phase out Medicare and replace it with a system of subsidized private insurance for elderly Americans

Vice-President Joe Biden made the war on Medicare crystal clear in his October 11 debate with Paul Ryan:

“the voucher says, ‘Mom, when you’re — when you’re 65, go out there, shop for the best insurance you can get. You’re out of Medicare.’ You can buy back in if you want with this voucher, which will not keep pace — will not keep pace with health care costs. Because if it did keep pace with health care costs, there would be no savings. That’s why they [want] the voucher. …we will be no part of a voucher program or the privatization of Social Security.”