In a move that reinforces GOP plans to overhaul a variety of key government entitlement programs, Governor and presidential candidate Mitt Romney has chosen Republican Congressman Paul Ryan, the definition of the man with a plan, as his running mate.
As Chairman of the U.S. House of Representatives Budget Committee, Ryan has introduced several budget proposals that contain significant changes to Medicare, Medicaid—two programs that seniors depend on to help pay for health care.
- Medicare: Starting in 2023, Ryan wants to replace enrollment in the government-funded health insurance program with a yearly allowance that older Americans would use to buy health insurance. Medicare plans would continue to be offered as an option for seniors to purchase, but they would compete alongside private companies for a senior’s money.
- Medicaid: States would receive a block grant from the government each year with little or no restrictions or rules on how it should be used. Each state would be allowed to decide how to best utilize its funds to help its low-income population pay for health care.
Ryan’s policies have formed the basis of the Republican Party’s stance on the issues of the 2012 presidential election. Theories, both positive and negative, abound as to how his proposals will affect future beneficiaries of these programs.
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