The Path to Prosperity (Episode 2): Saving Medicare, Visualized

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House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan: "We can no longer let politicians in Washington deny the danger to Medicare — the danger is all too real, and the health of our nation's seniors is far too important. We have to save Medicare to avoid disruptions in benefits for current seniors, and to strengthen the program for future generations. House Republicans have put forward a plan to do just that. Democratic leaders in Congress have failed to produce a plan — it has been 755 days since Senate Democrats even passed a budget. Meanwhile, the President's plan would empower a panel of 15 unelected bureaucrats to cut Medicare for current seniors, while failing to save the program for future retirees.

"This video lays out the clear choice our nation faces on Medicare: Will Medicare become a program in which a board of bureaucrats manages its bankruptcy by denying care to seniors? Or will leaders work together to save and strengthen Medicare by empowering seniors to choose health care plans that work best for them, with less support for the wealthy and more help for the poor and the sick? House Republicans have advanced solutions to save Medicare. Instead of working with us, the leaders of the Democratic Party have opted to play politics with the health security of America's seniors."

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The Path to Prosperity (Episode 2): Saving Medicare, Visualized

5 thoughts on “The Path to Prosperity (Episode 2): Saving Medicare, Visualized

  1. Its a bad idea because the rate of costs are going up faster for private companies, overhead costs for medicare are 2-3% private insurers are
    20-25%. This is why they want to do this, so their donors can get that 20-25%.

  2. look at the growth projections chart, after Obamacare was implemented costs leveled off. Im sure if you got the numbers from someone that is not biased you’ll see far different projections. They can’t cheat on whats already happened only future estimates. Another thing they always leave out is the babyboom generation being added the medicare at 10,000 a day 70,000,000 in total will not continue forever in 10 or so years costs will begin to drop as this generation dies off. These people work for big business Not You!

    • +ryan W+ none of what you say make any sense…..sry man but, manenials get older too you know, and they are earning less, the only way to keep funding medicare for all is by taxing the rich more, hence fewer jobs. So, make a choice jobs/healthcare because these are the only two options available if you rely on taxation. Deregulate -> makes healthcare cheaper & accessible.

    • insurance companies earn a minimum of 20% profit. that alone reduces costs by 20% just because younger people are insured doesn’t mean they’ll need it at high rates. mostly injuries and rare disiese. if you treat illnesses early most often they are much cheaper to treat. insurance companies business responsibilities are to maximize profits for shareholders! not provide the best insurance at the lowest price. unless they are forced too by law. every advanced country on earth has a single payer insurance system and they are healthier than us at a fraction of the cost. in trumps recent interview he stated Australia had better healthcare than us. yes it’s single payer. as a moral way of looking at it i don’t believe people should die because they are poor, or go bankrupt paying medical bills.60% of all bankruptcy were due to a catastrophic illness before the aca. a history lesson for you regarding taxes and jobs F.D.R set the top tax rate at 94% in 1934 it stayed at 94% till 1960’s dropped to 75% 1980’s dropped to 25% . 1990’s up to 35% mid 2000’s huge cut so taxes are cut by 2/3 and why isn’t it raining jobs? the rich just invest in the stock market every tax cut to pay themselves. because rich people don’t need anything, maybe a few boats jets. we see clearly a progressive tax system produces the best economic growth. the poor get money they spend it all to survive. creating demand. free college investment. work programs and many other ways to put money in poor hands will create much needed demand. 1940’s 50’s 60’s growth was consistent 5-6% . now with the lowest taxes in 80years growth of 1-2% if taxes made jobs and growth it would be raining jobs.

  3. I agree that the real demon here is the control of medical costs themselves. He points to consumer choice about price and quality to get to that cost control, but he knows that is his public face talking. His inside voice surely knows that cost control will actually come by solving the allocation of medical care. To increase supply, there need to be more doctors trained to practice and fewer restrictions on clinics. To reign-in demand, there need to be limits on end of life care.

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