June 22, 2016

Ryan’s “Better Way” for Health Care Would be Dangerous for Seniors and Inferior to Current Medicare System

Seniors Would Have to Wait Until 67 for Coverage

The following statement was issued today by Richard Fiesta, Executive Director of the Alliance for Retired Americans, in response to House Speaker Paul Ryan’s release of “A Better Way” health care plan:

“U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan calls his health care plan ‘A Better Way,’ but it is far inferior to the current system and dangerous for Americans.

“Seniors should not be misled. The Speaker wants to raise the Medicare eligibility age to 67 and change the program away from guaranteed benefits to a system of ‘premium support.’

“Premium support is a paltry substitute for the earned health care benefits that Americans have paid into throughout their lives and which they have a right to once they turn 65.

“Ryan also wants to double down on one of the weakest parts of the current Medicare system. He would have Medicare adopt the so-called ‘competitive structure proven successful by Medicare Part D.’ Of course Part D has done nothing to rein in skyrocketing prescription drug prices for taxpayers or retirees and includes unnecessary giveaways for private insurance companies.

“If the Ryan plan were to be adopted, seniors would pay through the nose – with both their physical health and their financial health.”

2 thoughts on “Ryan’s “Better Way” for Health Care Would be Dangerous for Seniors and Inferior to Current Medicare System”

  1. Shall we remind minority President-elect Trump and Congress that 80% of Trump voters and 84% of Clinton voters surveyed ‘believe that “protecting Social Security and Medicare should be a priority for the next President and Congress'”? (GBA Strategies survey of 2,000 voters)

  2. Here’s just one of the reasons not to replace traditional Medicare with less reliable, more dangerous and more expensive private health insurance.. You can contact me for more about private health insurance dangers,as found by Consumer Reports, the National Committee for Quality Assurance, Dr. Linda Peeno, and Chicago Consumers’ Checkbook.

    In a survey by Princeton Survey Research, elderly Medicare beneficiaries were compared with people with employer-sponsored health insurance. The Medicare beneficiaries reported
    greater overall satisfaction
    better access to care
    (though they were poorer and sicker) fewer problems paying bills
    easier access to physicians
    being more likely to get needed services.*
    *Karen Davis, PhD and others, “Meeting Enrollees’ Needs: How Do Medicare and Employer Coverage Stack Up?” Health Affairs Web Exclusive, May 12, 2009, w521-532. Based on data from the Commonwealth 2007 Biennial Health Insurance Survey, conducted by Princeton Survey Research Associates International. Summary by Tammy Worth.

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