Campaign 2010

Apr 22, 2011

Fact Check: Representative Sean Duffy Voted to End Medicare, Turn it into Voucher Program

At a town hall meeting, Representative Sean Duffy (WI-07) continued to mislead voters about his vote to end Medicare and force seniors to pay more for their health care.  Duffy actually argued with a constituent who correctly confronted him on supporting the Ryan plan to turn Medicare into a voucher system. The exchange was reported by Think Progress.

FALSE Duffy Claim: No, it doesn’t there’s no voucher… It’s a premium support it’s not a voucher. The bottom line is if we do nothing, if we do nothing, you can all say this is all fine and dandy, you can get it and I know any young people here you can all get this program.”

FACT: Ryan Plan Will End Medicare And Turn It Into A Voucher Program.  According to the Wall Street Journal, “The plan would essentially end Medicare, which now pays most of the health-care bills for 48 million elderly and disabled Americas, as a program that directly pays those bills.” The New York Times reported that, “The plan would turn Medicare into a voucher program for future generation[.]”[Wall Street Journal, 4/04/11; The New York Times, 4/11/11]

FACT: Seniors Will Pay More Under Ryan Plan, Or Face Limits To Coverage

  • Wall Street Journal: “The House Republican plan for overhauling Medicare would fundamentally change how the federal government pays for health care, starting a decade from now, likely resulting in higher out-of-pocket costs and greater limits to coverage for many Americans.” [WSJ, 4/6/11]
  • The New York Times: “Mr. Ryan would largely privatize Medicare starting in 2022…The real result is that the most vulnerable — the elderly, the poor, the disabled — will have to pay more for care or forgo treatment.” [The New York Times, 4/5/11]
  • LA Times: “The Republican congressman's proposal to privatize Medicare would mean a dramatic hike in U.S. healthcare costs for the elderly an independent analysis finds. Seniors would pay almost double — more than $12,510 a year.” [Los Angeles Times, 4/7/11]

Background

  • Town Hall Citizens Confront Rep. Sean Duffy For Voting To Privatize Medicare And Defend Tax Breaks For Rich  [Think Progress, 4/21/11]
  • Representative Sean Duffy voted to end Medicare by supporting the Republican budget. [H Con. Res. 34, Vote #277, 4/15/11]