Medicaid and Medicare Under Rep. Ryan's Budget

Wednesday, April 06, 2011

Congressman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), unveiled his budget yesterday, proposing cuts of some $6.2 trillion over the next decade. Medicare and Medicaid will fundamentally change under Ryan's plan — with Medicare losing $389 billion, and $735 billion being cut from Medicaid. Todd Zwillich, The Takeaway's Washington correspondent details what parts of the budget will affect Americans the most. Theda Skocpol, professor of sociology and government at Harvard University, explains how Medicare and Medicaid will change under Ryan's plan.


Theda Skocpol and Todd Zwillich

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David J Fazekas

Comments [7]

Janet Poteau from PA

Paul Ryan (R-Wis) is trying to put a band-aid, with the picture of the poor and elderly, on a situation that was caused by the Bush Administration, then dropped in the laps of the American people. Many so quickly forget the timing of the crisis when the banks were failing. To take much needed medical care from disabled and elderly is shameful.
Shame on You Paul Ryan. I don't know how you sleep at night! Your family must be wealthy enough not to have to worry about such things. Shame on You!

Apr. 06 2011 04:00 PM

This proposal does not guarantee jobs, it guarantees profits for CEO and stock holders and get rid of policies that protect consumers. It creates a climate ripe for exploitation concerning medicare. Furthermore this is not radical this is the same lobbying greed that has reared its head in other industries. Follow the money and conflicts of interest will emerge.

Apr. 06 2011 09:33 AM
Joey Maloney from Hawaii

I didn't hear all of your coverage of Rep. Ryan this morning, but what I did hear was disgraceful. There's nothing "refreshing" about a Republican plan to cut services for poor and elderly people while giving huge tax cuts to rich people that is promoted using lies and dishonesty.

It's the same lousy drink they've been serving up since 1980.

Apr. 06 2011 09:22 AM

Just look at the numbers. The entitlements are one of the greatest transfers of wealth from the future to the past that has ever happened. These are selfish and irresponsible programs that bought the votes of the elderly and paid for it by passing the debt onto future taxpayers who had not even been born let alone had the opportunity to vote on it.

Apr. 06 2011 09:13 AM

Thanks to Rep. Ryan for finally getting serious about this budget crisis since no one else is willing to do it in DC.

Apr. 06 2011 08:26 AM

Appears that Ryan is not only the House Budget Committee chairman - he's also the chairman of Republican Death Panels.

(guess if Republicans invent death panels - it's OK)

Apr. 06 2011 07:31 AM
leonard eline from Davenport, IA

n values. Shame on your plans!

Apr. 06 2011 03:37 AM

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