Editorials Take Opposing Sides on Ryan’s Budget Proposal
According to an Orange County Register editorial, Rep. Paul Ryan's (D-Wis.) fiscal year 2012 budget proposalÂ -- which would introduce Medicare vouchers and turn Medicaid into a block-grant system --Â "offers a semblance of market sanity to replace entitlement insanity." It argues that the proposal "deserves a chance, otherwise the nation can await the entitlement system's certain collapse." However, a Sacramento Bee editorial argues, "Certainly, Medicare is under financial strain, requiring cost control measures. But it does not need Ryan's radical transformation." It continues, "Ryan doesn't reduce the cost of health care. He simply shifts costs to individuals and the states, while providing a new system of subsidies for the health insurance industry."
- "Editorial: GOP's Medicare Plan Would Hurt Elderly, States" (Sacramento Bee, 4/8).
- "Editorial: Keeping Medicare From Killing Economy" (Orange County Register, 4/8).