GOPer Ryan’s ‘Wacky’ Medicare Coupons: ‘Good for ½ Colonoscopy’

January 27, 2011

(ChattahBox Political News)–House Budget Chairman Rep. Paul Ryan’s (R-WI) radical “Roadmap for America” would destroy Medicare and Social Security, as we know it, leaving our seniors to fend for themselves. Ryan, who delivered a fact-challenged rebuttal to President Obama’s State of the Union address, painted a bleak apocalyptic future, unless entitlement programs and the federal government are slashed and burned. Of course, the young Ayn Rand disciple never even mentioned the words Medicare and Social Security. But his “Roadmap” plan calls for transforming Medicare into a voucher program, which would leave the sick and elderly to deal with the vagaries of the private insurance industry on their own. “Hey 88-year old sick person, here is your government coupon that will pay for about half of your health insurance needs. Good luck.” The Democratic Party of Wisconsin is sounding the alarm on Paul’s disastrous plan to privatize Social Security and replace Medicare with coupons, by distributing “wacky vouchers” lampooning Ryan’s crazy ideas. Wisconsin Democrats also produced a YouTube video depicting a shocked senior giving the thumbs down to Ryan’s wacky coupons, saying “He’s crazy.”

The video points out that Ryan’s plan to destroy the safety net for our seniors is a dangerously radical plan that is not well received by his elderly constituents.

“They might love him on Fox News. Here’s what they think of him back home,” reads the intro.

An elderly woman is shown reacting with dismay and disgust when told about Ryan’s Medicare voucher plan.

“That guy’s nuts. He’s crazy. … He’s a multi-millionaire and he doesn’t give a damn about us,” she says in the video.

Some of the mocking “wacky vouchers” highlight the insanity of handing the sick and elderly coupons for their health care needs. The Medicare program was created because affordable quality coverage doesn’t exist for seniors in the private market.

One “Paul Ryan proposed medicare ration coupon is “good for one catheter,” but it’s only “good Mondays and Wednesdays.” And a “ration board member must approve at time of assertion.”

Another “wacky voucher” is “Good for one truss.” And on “Tuesdays through March” a senior can use a coupon that’s “Good for ½ colonoscopy.”



One Response to “GOPer Ryan’s ‘Wacky’ Medicare Coupons: ‘Good for ½ Colonoscopy’”

  1. majii on January 29th, 2011 5:10 pm

    I shudder at the thought of giving vouchers worth $5,000 to seniors to help cover their healthcare costs in lieu of Medicare. Neither Ryan nor any other members of the republican caucus are thinking clearly on this issue. Seniors are the most expensive group to ensure because most of them have pre-existing conditions that often come as a result of getting older. If an insurance company charges $10,000/yr. to insure seniors, many of them won’t be able to afford the extra $5,000/yr. they’d need to cover the extra cost of their healthcare and meet their other expenses.

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