The GOP have long talked about repealing Obamacare, which would consist of some pretty major changes that are terrifying for anyone who’s not a billionaire like the Republican leaders we have now.
According to the chairman of the House Budget Committee, Tom Price, Republicans are planning to privatize Medicare in a budget reconciliation bill this year.
But wait, it gets worse. Paul Ryan basically has free reign to do it. A majority Senate allows for the budget reconciliation to be passed without a filibuster.Ryan calls his proposal “premium support,” which includes changing Medicare from a single payer system where the government directly pays for health care to one where recipients would use their government benefits to buy private insurance.
This means seniors would have to fight to navigate private insurance options to ensure they get what they need. To make matters worse, private insurance is more expensive than Medicare currently is, thus critics of Ryan’s proposal fear that seniors will take a hit in terms of quality health care services under Ryan’s “premium support” system.
Instead of a transaction between the government and health care providers, Ryan’s plan includes a private middle man. A middle man that also stands to gain a profit. Despite claims to lower costs, this won’t be feasible without lowering the standard of health care citizens receive.