RUSH: Let’s grab Irene here in Southern California. Go to the phones. Irene, thanks for calling. Great to have you here.
CALLER: Hi, Rush. I love you. Thank you for the great service that you’re doing for our country.
RUSH: I appreciate that very much. Thank you.
CALLER: On the Ryan Medicare issue, what they’re not getting out there… well I’ve heard it, but what needs to be out there is that the under 55 either keep Medicare or use the voucher is the same program that the Washington Federal Employees get.
RUSH: Why would it be important to have that out there? What does that matter?
CALLER: Well, because there was such an uproar years ago before this Obamacare was enacted that people wanted the same program that Washington got, and that’s what Paul Ryan is delivering.
RUSH: You know, that’s a good way to sell this. By the way, if you’re on Medicare, under 55, you’re going to be able to choose the same program that federal workers have.
CALLER: I think so. Because I think that was a big concern amongst younger people. Why can’t we have the same program you have?
RUSH: I never thought that. I don’t want anything to do with the federal government. But you may have a point. You may have a point. I don’t know if it sells or not. I’m too caught up in the truth. And I don’t know that that’s actually correct. But I’m going to find out. I’m going to look into it. I’ve never heard it characterized that way.
RUSH: By the way, folks, I looked it up and Irene is exactly right. And Ryan has pitched his plan that way. It is what federal employees get. The New York Times has said so, April of last year. I’ll have the details when we get back.
RUSH: It turns out that Irene from Southern California was right. A year ago, the New York Times compared Paul Ryan’s plan with what the federal government workers in Congress has. It was a story on April 18th, 2011. They note that Ryan has said the same thing. In an op-ed piece, the Wall Street Journal, Mr. Ryan wrote: “Starting in 2022, new Medicare beneficiaries will be enrolled in the same kind of health care program that members of Congress enjoy.” Now, the New York Times story, I just had a quick scan of it. They tried to nitpick what they say are differences. But it looks pretty much like Ryan’s plan is very close, if not identical, to what Congress has.
Here is what Ryan wrote. This is from his Wall Street Journal op-ed from last year. “Starting in 2022, new Medicare beneficiaries will be enrolled in the same kind of health care program that members of Congress enjoy. Future Medicare recipients will be able to choose from a list of guaranteed coverage options, and they will be given the ability to choose a plan that works best for them. This is not a voucher program, but rather a premium-support model. A Medicare premium-support payment would be paid, by Medicare, to the plan chosen by the beneficiary, subsidizing its cost.”
So here’s Debbie “Blabbermouth” Schultz out there calling it a voucher program, this and that. Nothing she said about it is accurate.