Ryan Plan Would Save Medicare; Obamacare Will Destroy It

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IPAB is a politically appointed 15-member Medicare payment board with the power to effectively take treatment decisions away from doctors and their patients by making recommendations to deny or reduce Medicare reimbursement for treatments that do not meet their one-size-fits-all cost effectiveness test.  Its recommendations for acceptable and unacceptable treatment options that will affect today’s seniors can only be overridden by a super-majority vote or the passage by Congress of its own Medicare plan that meets the same Medicare spending targets. Patients without the means to pay the complete cost themselves of treatments cut off from Medicare funding by bureaucratic decisions will have to go without treatments that may save their lives.

Kathleen Sebelius, U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services, admitted during her congressional testimony in July 2011 before the health subcommittee of the House Energy and Commerce Committee in response to a hypothetical question that, if Congress did not overturn the IPAB bureaucracy’s recommendation for Medicare to reduce its reimbursement payments to seniors for dialysis procedures, seniors may well be left without the means to receive this life-saving treatment:

“Mr. Chairman, as you know, any cut in services, certainly cost shifting to beneficiaries, could mean huge reductions in care that seniors would have the opportunity to receive.”

During a separate hearing before the House Budget Committee, Chairman Paul Ryan asked Sebelius a question that should be at the center of the debate over the future of Medicare:

“[I]f we invest all of the power and the funding decisions to a board of 15 people whose decisions go into law, don’t even go through Congress, is that the best way to save this entitlement and to restrain spending?”

President Obama thinks so. The question for the American people this November will be whether they agree with Obama or want to save Medicare through an innovative solution that protects senior patients’ rights to make their own health care decisions.

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  • Mary B

    This is one senior who likes Ryan's plan and is terrified of Obama's. Let's hope most of us see the truth.

    • Leon Foonman

      Evidently you like the idea of forking out 6500 MORE every year, and then getting COUPONS in return. Sad to see anyone believes the Giant Lies that the GOP is telling.

      I hope you have a lot of money, Honey, cuz Ryan asnd Ronmey are going to make you pay, and pay.

      May I suggest, if you are not illiterate or too lazy, to read the NON-Partison Congresssional Budget Office analysis of the Ryan Budget Plan.

      It’s at : http://cbo.gov/publication/22085

    • jean

      Okay Senior…get ready for your voucher….and when you run out of your voucher funds, you will have to pay out of your own pocket…Why don't you go to the AARP website to get the accurate information…. Better yet, go the the Medicare website…You can also find an unbiased viewpoint. The sad this is that you are reading information from a blogger who is partisan…..WOW!!!!

  • kalaparthy

    Beautiful information, there is certainly great clarity and vision in Ryan. Obama and his team is cunning to the core, they want to have power for the second time even at the cost of elusive and populist promises, causing great damage to the entire USA at large and in particular to the elderly and the social securty in the country.

    • jean

      This is a blogging who wrote this article… I am not an Obama or Romney fan but WOW…are you really that ignorant…Go to the Medicare Website to get the facts…Go to the AARP website….Check out the CBO report!!!! My goodness….You have to wonder why the educational level for Americans are falling rapidly…..

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLNn2YflwNs Roger

    The death panels are so much more easily controlled than healthy retired voters.

    No wonder Obama wants them dealt with.

    • Anon

      There are no death panels you idiot.

    • Bren in VA

      Correct there are no "Death Panels", that group is now renamed! "Dont receive Proper Care to get better"
      Wake up! What happens when one doesnt receive any proper care!
      If ya dont believe me, then read various articles on BBC.com.uk for a few weeks, & SEE just what occurs over there & in Austrlia (sp?) & New Z!

  • Schlomotion

    This is amazing! Apparently, all you have to do is laser print a pamphlet called The Path to Prosperity and you have fixed Medicare! Who knew it was that easy?

    • reader

      You're very impatient lately, trschlo. Giving yourself up yet again. You're supposed to be a "libertarian", not a shill for Obama, remember?

      • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLNn2YflwNs Roger

        Libertarian is such a 'big word'.

    • PaulRevereNow

      Its easier than you think, Schmuck-Nation. Don't fix what isn't broken; and don't make anything up; its called TELLING THE TRUTH.

  • marcia r

    Republicans should have a slogan or sticker:


  • marcia r

    another slogan:
    Obamacare decides—NOT YOUR LIVING WILL

  • Leon Foonman

    GOP clever attempt to mislead voters. What is the truth? The Non partison CBO report is revealing: http://cbo.gov/publication/22085

    • erwin

      Yes, I've read the CBO report and it is revealing, it reveals that what Ryan is saying is exactly what he proposes, no gimmicks and smokes. An honest attempt to find a solution.

  • Concerned Patient

    Beware of the "controlled" or rather "contrived" messaging from the Obama White House. They are now trying to call these massive Medicare cuts in Obamacare " savings" Ha ! More Obama Lies. Thousands of Seniors will be impacted by severe cuts to MEdicare Advantage in ObamaCare. Cuts to providers will affect access for Seniors.

  • http://weroinnm.wordpress.com/ weroinnm

    Letter To NM U.S. Senator Udall Regarding Vice Presidential Candidate Paul Ryan!
    “Food For Thought”

    Semper Fi!