In recent weeks, liberal politicians, editorialists, and policy analysts have vigorously attacked reform of Medicare based on a defined contribution financing. In fact, this approach to reforming Medicare has a long bipartisan tradition, going back to the 1980s and Representatives Richard Gephardt (D–MO) and David Stockman (R–MI). In fact, much of this criticism is distorted, misleading, or just plain wrong.
Here are some articles that set the record straight:
Obamacare will end Medicare as we know it (Paul Howard)
Washington Times, 9/27/12
“Both parties like to play the ‘Mediscare’ card, so the question is not whether we need to slow the rate of Medicare spending (we do), but whether the cuts are structured in a way that makes Medicare sustainable over the long run.”
Medicare Coupons, Strokes, and Heart Attacks (Bob Moffit)
National Review Online, 9/25/12
“The Medicare misinformation machine is spinning overtime. As President Ronald Reagan once said, ‘Well, the trouble with our liberal friends is not that they are ignorant, but that they know so much that isn’t so.’”
Boos Subside as Ryan Explains the Truth (Grace-Marie Turner)
National Review Online, 9/24/12
“The contrast was striking: one candidate who has had four years to fix Medicare’s looming bankruptcy and failed to show any leadership, and another who laid out a plan to preserve Medicare for today’s seniors and strengthen it for future generations. Seniors are figuring out which is the better deal.”
To read last week’s Medicare Roundup, click here.