So yes, Republican want to end Medicare as we know it. And the reason is because Medicare cannot continue as it is. This is not a choice between some wonderful program that is chugging along without a problem and the Ryan plan. It's a choice between a program that is going over a cliff and an attempt to save the concept of providing health care for the seniors who will be retiring in ten years.
Jonah Goldberg addresses the silliness of the Democrats's whining about ending Medicare as we know it.
Here’s the thing: Of course he wants to end Medicare as we know it. You know why? Because the way we know it right now, the program is barreling toward insolvency.Oh, and ignore the Democrats' screeching about how seniors are going to be starving in the street. No one over the age of 55 would see a difference in their Medicare plans.
Personally, if I were on a plane that had one engine out and was belching smoke, I would certainly hope somebody with some judgment and competence might calmly remove his oxygen mask long enough to suggest “ending this flight as we know it.”
No one who is currently elderly or who will be elderly within the next 10 years will see their Medicare change — at all, ever — according to Ryan’s plan.Mark Steyn adds in his own brand of comedic doom-saying.
You can hardly say the same thing about the president’s plan, or the congressional Democrats’ plan (since they don’t have one), or, most importantly, the status quo — because under them, our metaphorical plane will crash into a mountainside of insurmountable debt. That’s why Ryan’s plan is not an attempt to destroy the social safety net, it’s an attempt to mend it.
What’s about to hit America is not a “shock.” It’s not an earthquake, it’s not a tsunami, it’s what Paul Ryan calls “the most predictable crisis in the history of our country.” It has one cause: spending. The spending of the class that laughs at the class that drives to work to maintain President Obama, Senator Reid, Senator Baucus, Senator Harkin, and Minority Leader Pelosi’s “communications director” in their comforts and complacency.Yes, the Republicans want to end Medicare as we know it. The political crime is that the Democrats want to ignore the problem. But it's a totally predictable problem. The Baby Boom is retiring and living longer.
The Democrats’ solution to the problem is to deny there is one. Unsustainable binge spending is, as the computer wallahs say, not a bug but a feature: We’ll stimulate the economy with a stimulus grant for a Stimulus Grant-Writing Community Outreach Permit Coordinator regulated by the Federal Department of Community-Organizer Grant Applications. What’s to worry about?