Over at American Times I have an alternative to the Paul Ryan ‘path to prosperity’ budget (and mine is shorter so that’s better – really all laws should be written as blog posts because long laws are inherently Evil). Basically, I find the whole notion of privatizing Medicare absurd – especially given how completely screwed up our current healthcare system is. And the dismantling of Medicaid tells you exactly the sort of priorities the Republicans have – cuts to the poor, tax cuts to the rich. Rinse, repeat.
I write this as someone fairly sympathetic to the idea of market-based solutions for healthcare. The problem with Ryan’s Medicare plan is that it assumes vouchers are a magic bullet. They aren’t. And we all know what states will do with ‘block-grants’ for Medicaid.
Anyways, like I said, I have an alternative and it’s pretty straightforward. I don’t even screw the poor in the process, and for that matter, I don’t really even soak the rich. We could do both, but we don’t have to.