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Paul Ryan vs the Candidates on Medicare

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Paul Ryan vs the Candidates on Medicare

Mitt Romney’s choice of Paul Ryan for his vice presidential candidate brought his budget and its proposed changes to Medicare into the spotlight. Mr. Ryan’s plan for Medicare would offer seniors the option of staying within the current system or enrolling in a private insurance plan. It would not affect any Seniors currently receiving Medicare payments and Mr. Ryan believes this would lead to lower costs for everyone.

How does Mr. Ryan’s proposal compare to the Presidential Candidates?

Mitt Romney: Reform
Agrees with Mr. Ryan’s proposal. In the past he has said he would raise the eligibility age for Seniors to receive Medicare in an effort to cut costs.

Barack Obama: Expand
Medicare coverage will be expanded to smaller hospitals and will be funded by tax increases on individuals making over $250K per year.

Gary Johnson: Reform
Control of medicare coverage would be turned over to individual states. The federal government would issue grants to each state and allow them to develop their own Medicare plans.

Ron Paul: Dismantle
Dr. Paul would eliminate Medicare. Every American who is under 25 years of age in 2013 would no longer pay into the Medicare system which would be phased out completely by the time they were 65.

Jill Stein: Expand
Medicare coverage would be offered to everyone under a single-payer healthcare system. It would be funded by one insurance pool funded by the federal government.

Stewart Alexander: Expand
Medicare coverage would be offered to everyone under a single-payer healthcare system. It would be funded by one insurance pool funded by the federal government.

Virgil Goode: Keep “as is.”
The system would remain in its current state. Costs would be cut by implementing tort reforming and lowering the costs of malpractice insurance.

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