Rep Paul Ryan, chairman of the House Budget Committee—the ONLY Congressional Budget Committee that, five months into the current congressional session, has actually produced a budget!—responded to the Democratic Party’s Congressional win in NY 26:
“[NY-26] is a preview of scare tactics, distortions, demagoguery to try to scare seniors into voting for them,” he said. “The irony of it is we’re the ones directly protecting Medicare’s current benefits for current seniors.”
From Tina Korbe, over at today’s “Hotair” conservative blog:
It’s too late for Jane Corwin, but it’s not too late for Republicans planning to run in 2012. They still have time to master the Medicare message — and they’d better, if they want to win. But, more importantly, conservative candidates need to articulate the facts clearly precisely because they’re facts. Medicare can’t sustain itself much longer unless Congress takes action and, so far, the House-passed budget is the only Congressional proposal to seriously tackle entitlement reform.
Today, Rep. Paul Ryan made that crystal clear with the release of “The Path to Prosperity (Episode 2): Saving Medicare, Visualized.”
“If we do nothing, Medicare will nearly double in the next decade, exhausting its remaining funds,” Ryan says in the video.
The video’s effective infographics highlight the indisputable and alarming reality: The average American household spends 50 times more today on health care than it did in 1960. Health care spending now equals 17.6 percent of our economy — a full 11 points higher than the 5.6 percent it represented in 1960. And 10,000 Baby Boomers are added to Medicare every day.
The president’s plan, Ryan points out, would merely insert a panel of bureaucrats between Medicare and health care providers and between those providers and their patients. Those unelected, unaccountable bureaucrats would determine how much Medicare should pay for medical services, as well as what services doctors should provide their patients.
“These are price controls and we’ve tried them before,” Ryan says. “They encourage more consumption and force doctors to charge their non-Medicare patients more. That pushes costs up not down.”
(Emphasis above added)
I am confident that Rep Ryan’s plan will stand up to close, fair scrutiny. I doubt the Senate Budget Committee’s plans for fixing Medicare will stand up as well—because I’m starting to think we’ll never SEE a budget from the Senate Democrats. That would require them to spell out THEIR plan for saving Medicare.
And that plan would be…?