Friday, October 5, 2012

The Debate: Mediscare and Health Scare

1. "First of all, I think it's important for Governor Romney to present this plan that he says will only affect folks in the future. And the essence of the plan is that you would turn Medicare into a voucher program. It's called Premium Support, but it's understood to be a voucher program."

That's probably an accurate claim to make.

2. "It was estimated that this would cost the average senior about $6,000 a year."

Possible.  But it's based on outdated analysis.  It might not cost that much and according to analysis done before Obamacare, analysts found it cost 9% less.  But the authors concluded that if Obamacare was successful in lowering Medicare costs than the new plan might cost more than the Medicare offered by the government.

3. "AARP thinks that the savings that we obtained from Medicare bolstered the system, lengthened the Medicare trust fund by eight years."

Not just AARP thinks that.

4. "They're now going to have to be paying co-pays for basic checkups that can keep them healthier."

Yes, probably.  I mean that is covered in Obamacare.

Mitt Romney:

1. "And by the way, if the government can be as efficient as the private sector and offer premiums that are as low as the private sector, people will be happy to get traditional Medicare."

Well, that might be happening with Obamacare but you want to repeal it.  No comment beyond that.

2.  "This is an idea that's been around a long time, which is saying, hey, let's see if we can't get competition into the Medicare world so that people can get the choice of different plans at lower cost, better quality."
Exactly, universal health care, right?

3.  "But my experience -- my experience is the private sector typically is able to provide a better product at a lower cost."

Fundamental disagreement between essentially Paul Ryan's competitive plan and Obama's regulation plan.

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