Friday, May 27, 2011

Paul Ryan is a sore loser. Why do you ask? Medicare and Mediscares

Krugman on the New York election fallout.


Yes, Paul Ryan, the chairman of the House Budget Committee, is a sore loser. Why do you ask?
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Mr. Ryan may claim — and he may even believe — that he’s facing a backlash because his opponents are lying about his proposals. But the reality is that the Ryan plan is turning into a political disaster for Republicans, not because the plan’s critics are lying about it, but because they’re describing it accurately.
Take, for example, the statement that the Ryan plan would end Medicare as we know it. This may have Republicans screaming “Mediscare!” but it’s the absolute truth: The plan would replace our current system, in which the government pays major health costs, with a voucher system, in which seniors would, in effect, be handed a coupon and told to go find private coverage.


And so on. Most of this so-called "conservative" budget reform depends on nobody actually looking at the budgets they create.

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