WAMC News, North Country News
11:27 am
Fri June 8, 2012

Group Says Budget Rhetoric Misleading Voters on Social Security and Medicare Issues

House Budget Committee Chair Paul Ryan’s proposed 2013 budget continues to be controversial. Initiatives in that budget include changes to the Medicare and Social Security systems by creating a voucher system for privatized insurance, increasing eligibility ages, raising payroll tax caps and capping program growth levels.  One group is concerned that political rhetoric about the changes is misleading voters.

The National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare is opposed to the so-called Ryan budget. Committee President and CEO Max Richtman is concerned that costs will be shifted to beneficiaries.

Max Richtman says he hears gross inaccuracies in regional and national political campaigns about the viability of Social Security and Medicare that are intended to confuse voters.

The National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare’s Max Richtman believes the Ryan budget proposal would destroy Medicare and Social Security while increasing health care costs.

Ethan Allen Institute Vice President John McClaughrey says the Ryan budget has created a consumer-based plan that addresses real problems.

The National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare wants reforms in the Affordable Care Act to be implemented, the ability to negotiate prescription drug prices and other changes that would not dismantle the programs.