Watch as Republican State Senator Alberta Darling, who’s facing a tough recall election fight, explains how she wholeheartedly supports Rep. Paul Ryan’s proposal to turn Medicare into a voucher program.
Under the proposal authored by Rep. Ryan and enthusiastically supported by Sen. Darling, seniors would be forced to haggle with insurance companies for health insurance coverage while hoping that their government-issued voucher covered the whole cost of the coverage, lest they be forced to pay the difference out of their own pockets.
No doubt Sen. Darling supports Rep. Ryan’s plan to turn Medicare into a voucher program because she likely won’t have to worry about little details like living on a fixed income once Sandy Pasch retires her, given Darling’s far from being lower or middle class. However, Rep. Ryan’s plan to turn Medicare into a voucher program could have dire consequences for millions of seniors who don’t have bunches of disposable income to be able to pay for their health care costs out of pocket.
UPDATE: The Maddow Blog has picked up this story, with their own take on things.
UPDATE II: The Plum Line blog has also picked up this story.