Ths is why he goes and says stupid shit like this:
The federal government would define a package of mandatory health benefits. Private insurers and an agency akin to the current public Medicare system would submit bids to provide coverage for those benefits. The government would give senior citizens a payment equal to the second lowest bid in each region to buy insurance.Why is this stupid? Because what BoBo leaves out is what happens if the second lowest bid isn’t low enough. From Ryan’s current plan:
As a backup,the per capita cost of this reformed program for seniors reaching eligibility after 2023 could not exceed nominal GDP growth plus 0.5 percent.If the price of private plans doesn’t grow at a rate of GDP +.5%, the SENIORS HAVE TO MAKE UP THE DIFFERENCE. If Ryan were offering what Brooks is claiming he does, two things would happen:
- Medicare prices would keep spiraling out of control, just like the price of private insurance already has for the last 3 decades
- Medicare benifits would probably still be just fine.
Sorry Brooks. Ryan’s plan doesn’t control the rising cost of healthcare, it just washes his hands of the problem. Wishing for a reasonable republican candidate doesn’t make it so, and pretending it’s so just enables them to be even more crazy. If you can’t perform even the most basic policy analysis, go get a new job.