Driving the Day: Playing Politics with a Responsible Budget

Last week, we announced that Rep. Ryan’s budgets would appear on our legislative scorecard. On Friday, the House voted 235-193 to pass the Ryan budget, a framework that restructures Medicare for people under age 55 and calls for $5.8 trillion in cuts over the next ten years (House Roll Call Vote #277).

All House Democrats voted against this budget. And now, predictably, they are tuning up the liberal scare machine.

While the Ryan plan doesn’t touch Medicare for anyone over age 55 (ten years away from eligibility), the shrill ads intone otherwise:

“Did you know Congressman Chip Cravaack voted to end Medicare, forcing seniors to pay $12,500 for private health insurance, without guaranteed coverage? Tell Cravaack to keep his hands off our Medicare.”

With spin like that, who needs reality?

The reality is that seniors wouldn’t be forced to chance anything. Just before Medicare will go insolvent because of the retiring baby boomer generation, the proposed changes would kick in. The Wall Street Journal reported:

Medicare would be cut $30 billion over 10 years. The federal health program would remain as a fee-for-service system with a guaranteed set of benefits for people now 55 and older.

In his most dramatic proposal, Mr. Ryan’s plan would end Medicare’s benefit guarantee in favor of having seniors choose among private health plans. The U.S. would subsidize the premium payments with an average payment starting at $8,000.

While that is a substantial change to the untenable Medicare entitlement, it’s not the end of any currently offered benefits.

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10 thoughts on “Driving the Day: Playing Politics with a Responsible Budget

  1. The bill says: no changes until age 55, and then vouchers for health insurance premiums.

    Dems launch this ridiculous advert: http://bit.ly/gWc9eF

    Their complete reliance on scare tactics betrays a radical underestimation of the American people.

  2. The bill says: no changes until age 55, and then vouchers for health insurance premiums.

    Dems launch this ridiculous advert: http://bit.ly/gWc9eF

    Their complete reliance on scare tactics betrays a radical underestimation of the American people.

  3. So… let’s say Ryan could snap his fingers and his plan would be enacted.

    From now till… oh… say 2022… how much additional debt would be added to the existing federal debt?

    What are the expected deficits – year by year – should the Ryan Plan be enacted?

    2012? 2013? 2014? 2015? 2016? 2017? 2018? 2019? 2020? 2021? 2022?

    Also, what would be the bottom line national debt projection – total – come 2022? (I’m looking for a number; for example… it’s now $14.3 trillion; what would it be in 2022 under the Ryan Plan?

    I hate to say this, but I increasingly notice a pattern – both here and via Heritage Foundry pieces – of less than the full picture being addressed if by doing so the Republicans look just the teeniest bit less irresponsible than the Dems.

    • Mr. Barker:

      You’re right, the total national debt would still rise before eventually declining. That’s why we said the proposal was not perfect. Rather, the budget was worthy of support because it elevated discussions about entitlement reform.

      http://heritageaction.com/2011/04/gop-unveils-bold-budget-proposal/
      “Of course, the Ryan Budget will not be perfect – no budget is – and we look forward to a spirited discussion. But there should be no doubt that Paul Ryan deserves credit for taking the conversation of entitlement reform to the next stage of debate.”

      In the last Congress, no budget was passed. There was no adult conversation about federal spending. Washington is starting to have that conversation, and that should be commended. However, that conversation must conclude with entitlement reforms and spending cuts. Which is exactly what we will be pushing for.

  4. So… let’s say Ryan could snap his fingers and his plan would be enacted.

    From now till… oh… say 2022… how much additional debt would be added to the existing federal debt?

    What are the expected deficits – year by year – should the Ryan Plan be enacted?

    2012? 2013? 2014? 2015? 2016? 2017? 2018? 2019? 2020? 2021? 2022?

    Also, what would be the bottom line national debt projection – total – come 2022? (I’m looking for a number; for example… it’s now $14.3 trillion; what would it be in 2022 under the Ryan Plan?

    I hate to say this, but I increasingly notice a pattern – both here and via Heritage Foundry pieces – of less than the full picture being addressed if by doing so the Republicans look just the teeniest bit less irresponsible than the Dems.

    • Mr. Barker:

      You’re right, the total national debt would still rise before eventually declining. That’s why we said the proposal was not perfect. Rather, the budget was worthy of support because it elevated discussions about entitlement reform.

      http://heritageaction.com/2011/04/gop-unveils-bold-budget-proposal/
      “Of course, the Ryan Budget will not be perfect – no budget is – and we look forward to a spirited discussion. But there should be no doubt that Paul Ryan deserves credit for taking the conversation of entitlement reform to the next stage of debate.”

      In the last Congress, no budget was passed. There was no adult conversation about federal spending. Washington is starting to have that conversation, and that should be commended. However, that conversation must conclude with entitlement reforms and spending cuts. Which is exactly what we will be pushing for.

  5. THE US PRESIDENCY SHOULD BE TAKEN SERIOUSLY AND NOT A JOB TO TAKE FROM HARD WORKING AMERICANS AND GIVE TO NON-ALLY AND HEATHENS NATIONS THAT SEEM TO BE WITH US UNTIL THEY SHOW TO BE WOLVES IN SHEEP’S CLOTHING. AMERICANS NEED TO WAKE UP AND STOP BEING MUNIPULATED AND MISINFORMED BY INCOMPENTENT PEOPLE IN MEDIA, WHITEHOUSE, POLITIANS, FILTHY RICH AND CELEBRITIES.

  6. THE US PRESIDENCY SHOULD BE TAKEN SERIOUSLY AND NOT A JOB TO TAKE FROM HARD WORKING AMERICANS AND GIVE TO NON-ALLY AND HEATHENS NATIONS THAT SEEM TO BE WITH US UNTIL THEY SHOW TO BE WOLVES IN SHEEP’S CLOTHING. AMERICANS NEED TO WAKE UP AND STOP BEING MUNIPULATED AND MISINFORMED BY INCOMPENTENT PEOPLE IN MEDIA, WHITEHOUSE, POLITIANS, FILTHY RICH AND CELEBRITIES.

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