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CBO Attacks ‘Ryan Budget’ Within Hours

From the water carriers at the Associated Press:

CBO: Big health cost shift to elderly in GOP plan

By Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, Associated Press
April 6, 2011

WASHINGTON – Most future retirees would pay considerably more for health care under the new budget proposed by House Republicans, according to an analysis by nonpartisan experts for Congress that signals problems ahead for the plan.

The fiscal blueprint would put people now 54 and younger in a different kind of health care program when they retire, unlike the Medicare that their parents and grandparents have known. Instead of coverage for a set of benefits prescribed from Washington, they’d get a federal payment to buy private insurance from a choice of government-regulated plans.

"A typical beneficiary would spend more for health care under the proposal," the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office estimated in an analysis released late Tuesday.

The CBO said over time future retirees would pay much more, partly because the Medicare benefits package would be more expensive to deliver through private insurers. By 2030, the government payment would cover only about one-third of the typical retiree’s total health care costs, the budget office said

Mr. Ryan’s plan is 73 densely written pages long. (You can read the pdf file here.) It was introduced yesterday, at 2 pm Eastern Daylight Savings time. How did the ‘non-partisan’ Congressional Budget Office have the time to do any kind of careful ‘analysis’ in such a short span of time?

The short answer is, they didn’t. They simply wrote up a knee-jerk reaction. Because the CBO are not non-partisan. The CBO are hyper-partisan hacks, who say whatever their Democrat masters tell them to say.

The findings could turn into a big political headache for Republicans, who relentlessly criticized Medicare cuts in President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul as part of their strategy to win back control of the House last fall. According to the budget office, the new GOP plan would leave most of those cuts in place…

That is, the AP and the CBO hope these "findings will turn into a big political headache for Republicans." Or the CBO wouldn’t have written this "study" and the AP wouldn’t have been so quick to report it.

Ryan calls his Medicare idea "premium support." Critics call it the voucher plan…

The budget would recast health care programs that already cover about 100 million Americans, almost evenly divided between Medicare and Medicaid. That would make Obama’s health care overhaul seem like baby steps

Isn’t that the idea? Doesn’t every responsible person agree that the runaway cost of Medicare has to be addressed? If nothing changes – nothing changes.

The Medicare proposal will get the widest scrutiny, since that program rivals Social Security as the foundation for a secure middle-class retirement. But the Medicaid changes are equally significant.

They would mean that poor people no longer would have a right under federal law to get health care through Medicaid. Instead, Washington would send each state a lump sum to spend on medical care, nursing homes and other health services.

Advocates are worried that states will not be able to offer vulnerable low-income people reliable protection. Medicaid payments to providers are already at rock bottom levels. States pressed for money in a future economic downturn might reduce payments to doctors and hospitals even more, and they might even freeze enrollment.

That would send more people to the emergency room looking for charity care.

Yep. That is the inevitable outcome.

And the AP is about as ‘non-partisan’ as the CBO.

This article was posted by Steve on Wednesday, April 6th, 2011. Comments are currently closed.

13 Responses to “CBO Attacks ‘Ryan Budget’ Within Hours”

  1. U NO HOO says:

    What “better” expense can there be than to keep one’s health?

  2. tranquil.night says:

    Rush is having great fun with them today, it’s brilliant.

    Everything they’re tossing at us is exactly what we’re trying to prevent, and we have their own legislative and budgetary record to show for it now.

    Don that armor Mr. Ryan, sharpen your mind and tongue. We’ve got your back, you’ve got the ammo.

  3. Mae says:

    A military wife called in to Rush today worried that her National Guard husband would not get paid. Apparently the Republicans have a couple of bills ready to keep the military pay going. Dems don’t want any part of it. Seeing as how they hate all things military, Dems still love using them as pawns in this budget fight.

    Hang tough, Ryan and Co.

    • wardmama4 says:

      And a couple of Democrats too – This is not a joke (see Canary post lower about our esteemed Dear Reader) to some in Congress. I am sure that Boehner will cave and make a deal – I just hope that the only caving is on a CR – not on giving in, going along to get along and/or throwing out any cuts at all.

      Never forget (CBO are you listening) that the US is here because the 111th (most ethical) Congress ever – which had a Democrat Majority in the House, a Democrat Majority in the Senate and a Democrat President – DID NOT PASS A BUDGET!!!!!

      The Republicans need to hammer on that 24/7/365 until a BUDGET (not another CR) is passed.

  4. tranquil.night says:

    I wonder where all the corpses of dead Congressmen are because the Medicare changes Mr. Ryan is proposing equate to the system they have.

    Of course if the CBO were honest (or had even read just page 44 of the proposal) then they’d know that the so-called ‘entitlements’ (which I agree with Pro need a new name) will already be unsustainable under the Marxist plan for those who would be switched into the Ryan system by the time they’re looking to collect.

    That’s not to mention how the proposed reforms, repealing ObamaCare which accelerates the pillaging of Medicare, and efficiency of administering the program through the States and the private sector will stabilize, if not lower overall costs in the long term. Add to that the even broader economic benefit that comes from controlling a major coming problem in the ongoing spiraling federal debt crisis.

  5. P. Aaron says:

    @Tranquil.Night: Did you mean to write (IE:Obama); Corpsman?

    • tranquil.night says:

      Hah, indeed! I’m sure ObamaCare calls for the employment of many Corpsemen (union of course). Sharp catch, my friend.

  6. BannedbytheTaliban says:

    When has the CBO ever been right about anything?

  7. proreason says:

    Affordable Health Care
    Planned Parenthood
    Worker’s Paradise
    Social Justice

    The marxists do have an way with the ironic phrase, don’t they?

  8. xqqme says:

    CBO Douglas Elmendorf
    May 2010

    here’s a link to the CBO Director’s Blog and here’s what showed up there not long ago regarding the government’s inflows and outflows.

    “The United States faces a fundamental disconnect between the services that people expect the government to provide, particularly in the form of benefits for older Americans, and the tax revenues that people are willing to send to the government to finance those services,” Douglas Elmendorf, director of the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office, writes in a May 17 blog post.

    Addressing the current tax and spending gap to make fiscal policy sustainable is “an urgent task for policy makers,” Elmendorf says

  9. canary says:

    I heard on news Obama won’t even listen to the Democrats suggestions.

    He campaigned at UPS gathering a couple of days ago, and they were not impressed. Obama standing there with trucks labeled electric, hybrid, all around him, he offered 7,5000 tax break for any company that buys an electric car or truck truck”.

    Obama then offered “and “Chu and Lahood will also come and wash your car and truck”

    Obama got a little laughter. His continued this line of joking but the small laughter quickly fizzled no matter how paints it. He started choking on worlds a bit. uh…uh.. The applause was just polite.

    video and exaggerating applause & laughter. Why would a job with trucks that run 24/7 be thrilled about
    electric. Along with Obama pointing out UPS delivers to government businesses? He’s out of touch and
    an older campaign speech to UPS he laughed that they were doing better than the federal government Postal service. Bet that hit their nerve. There’s a reason the government has PO boxes and buildings only the postal service can deliver too, and their union thug forming a contract without their member input that they would deliver to areas under bio-chemical attack, aside on the postal service able to send
    care packages to troops by customs. What a dis on towards those postal union members.
    For Obama to say the government is going electric cars, you can bet the government postal service sure isn’t. Dis. dis.


  10. Rip Cord says:

    This is actually good! It will give the Republicans a reason to DEFUND this partisan beauracracy and same even more in this years budget.

  11. Mithrandir says:

    Every argument, in context of the U.S. Debt Clock


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