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Sebelius: Seniors Will ‘Die Sooner’ Under GOP Plan

From Politico:

HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said that the Ryan Medicare proposal will lead to early deaths among seniors.

During testimony before the House Education and the Workforce Committee, she said seniors “will run out of money very quickly.”

She continued, “If you run out of the government voucher and then you run out of your own money, you’re left to scrape together charity care, go without care, die sooner. There really aren’t a lot of options.”

Not that liberals don’t know better, but it’s worth reiterating that Ryan’s Medicare reform plan is not a “voucher” system. It is based on a “premium support” model, the likes of which has been supported by Democrats in the past. Avik Roy explains the difference here.

As far as Democratic demagoguery of the Ryan budget goes, this is certainly one of the more egregious examples of late. Still, it’s going to be hard to top this.

Andrew StilesAndrew Stiles is a political reporter for National Review Online. He previously worked at the Washington Free Beacon, and was an intern at The Hill newspaper. Stiles is a 2009 ...


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