Man who co-wrote Paul Ryan's medicare reform bill says it won't work. Do you think Paul Ryan will keep pushing it?

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WASHINGTON -- The co-creator of the
concept that Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) is relying upon to reform Medicare
no longer thinks it will work. Henry Aaron, now of the Brookings Institution, got the chance to tell Ryan exactly why at a recent Capitol Hill hearing.

Aaron and former Urban Institute president Robert Reischauer came up with the idea of "premium support" in 1995, after the failure of then-First Lady Hillary Clinton's bid to reform the health care system.

The basic idea is simple: let people pick their health insurers in
the private market, subsidize the premiums, and competition will drive
down costs. That's the theory behind Ryan's plan, recently endorsed by
Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) in a white paper the two wrote.

It differs from Aaron's original vision -- in part because it has
fewer protections for beneficiaries -- but the essential concept is the
same. Aaron said this isn't the time to test it out.

"In the years since Bob Reischauer and I put this Idea forward, I've changed my mind," Aaron said at a hearing of the House Ways and Means Committee last week.

Read More: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/05/03/henry-aar...

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  • Met 2012/05/03 14:27:31
    Yes he will keep pushing it.
    This is reminiscent of Bruce Bartlett and the Reagan advisers admitting Reaganomics wrecked the middle class.

    It's funny how all the economists the publicans get to draft their wealth distribution plans irremediably acknowledge the fallacy of the substance.
  • Rebel Yell 2012/05/03 14:14:25
    Yes he will keep pushing it.
    Rebel Yell
    Republicans are slow learners. Right after GWB began his second term, the Republicans sent him on a 12 state tour to promote Paul Ryan's plan for Social Security and Medicare. GWB had a prepared script along with a list of questions that could be asked. He was good to go. Off goes George.

    After state # 4, George came back to the White House. He was booed and challenged and said he ddn't want to hear another thing about Ryan's plan. It was put on a shelf.

    Fast forward. In 2011, while in home state Wisconsin and at a town hall meeting, Ryan is booed and yelled at when he tries to explain his plan. The solution? Paul Ryan decided to start charging for his town hall meetings so those crass people won't be there.

    In a recent ABC poll, seniors said they were more concerned about Medicare ,wanting no changes, than they were about the federal budget. Are Republicans deaf ? What part of that is too difficult to understand?

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