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Paul Ryan

That was then. Now that Trump is president-elect, enter Paul Ryan, Speaker of the House, who has long proposed privatizing Medicare, and now has not only Republican majorities in the Senate and House but a Republican president to presumably sign legislation passed by his party.

Paul Ryan wants to Trump Medicare as we know it

November 19, 2016 – Back in May 2015, Donald Trump promised, "I'm not going to cut Medicare or Medicaid." That was then. Now that Trump is president-elect,… Read more

It's safe to say that on the GOP side, the 15 remaining candidates – all of whom seem to have been persuaded that commercial health insurers can do a better job than the government – would do their dead level best to privatize Medicare. On the Democratic side, the candidates' views range pretty much from keeping the program as it is or as it is evolving with maybe a few tweaks (Clinton) to expanding it to cover every last one of us (Sanders).

Presidential aspirations for Medicare’s future

October 16, 2015 – If you've watched all of the presidential debates so far – both Democratic and Republican – and you were waiting for the candidates to… Read more

GOP privatizes Medicare. You get the bill.

Dirty little secret: Medicare is already privatized

May 9, 2011 – It’s a dirty little secret that’s right out in the open: The GOP has already privatized Medicare for more than one out of four… Read more

Old age ain't for sissies! Medicare.

It’s a mad, mad, Medicare system: Part 2

April 26, 2011 – Despite my delight in trashing most federal programs (unless they benefit me, of course), the bottom line, in my opinion: Medicare is… Read more

Tea Party opposes cuts to Medicare.

Even the Tea Party loves Medicare

April 19, 2011 – Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.) and his House GOP brethern are throwing a party, and no one is coming – not even the usually reliable folks who… Read more

Who voted to kill Medicare?

Updated: Who voted to kill Medicare?

April 18, 2011 – The good news is that Ryan’s plan doesn’t appear likely to become law. The Democratic-controlled Senate and President Obama stand in… Read more

Medicare is threatened by GOP in Congress.

Privatizing Medicare: less care, more cost

February 7, 2011 – Rep. Paul Ryan wants to replace Medicare as we know it with a system of vouchers that seniors would use to purchase health insurance on the… Read more