Campaign 2010

Mar 10, 2013

FACT CHECK: Ryan Falsely Claims His Plan to Change Medicare is ‘Not a Voucher’

On Fox News Sunday this morning, Republican Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan falsely claimed that his budget plan is “not a voucher, it’s premium support.”

Let’s see who disagrees with him:


[Fox News, 5/1/11]

The Economist Claimed New Medicare Enrollees Would Receive a “Voucher.”“Mr. Ryan proposes that starting in 2022, new enrollees receive a voucher from the federal government to buy a private plan. (He prefers the term “premium support” to vouchers, but they’re really the same thing.)”  [The Economist, 4/05/11]

New York Times Called the Plan a “Voucher Program.” On April 10, 2011, The New York Times described  the Republican’s budget, claiming: “The plan would turn Medicare into a voucher program for future generations and slash spending for the need-based Medicaid program and other domestic initiatives, while largely sparing the Pentagon and cutting $4 trillion more in corporate and high-income taxes.” [New York Times, 4/10/11]

L.A. Times: Republicans Resurrecting Medicare Voucher-like System. “Fired up as once-unimaginable spending cuts start to slice the federal budget, Republicans are launching a new phase in their austerity campaign — resurrecting the party's cost-cutting plan to turn Medicare into a voucher-like system for future seniors.” [LA Times, 3/2/13]

Bloomberg: Ryan’s Plan Ends Traditional Medicare. “[Paul] Ryan’s budget bill also would end traditional Medicare by capping spending and offer vouchers to buy private insurance.” [Bloomberg, 8/13/12]

Alliance for Retired Americans: Voucher Program Would Raise Premiums for Seniors. “Once again, guaranteed benefits would be replaced with vouchers,” said Barbara J. Easterling, President of the Alliance for Retired Americans. “It’s like handing every senior one single dollar and saying, ‘spend it however you like’ — then bragging about how much money the government is saving.” [Alliance for Retired Americans, accessed 3/19/12]

Politifact: “Mostly True” it’s a Voucher Plan. In 2012, Politifact determined that it was “mostly true” that Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan want to turn Medicare into a voucher plan. [Politifact, 8/16/12]

Wall Street Journal: Republican Budget Would “Essentially End Medicare.” The Republican budget “would essentially end Medicare, which now pays most of the health-care bills for 48 million elderly and disabled Americans, as a program that directly pays those bills.” [Wall Street Journal, 4/4/11]