By Julian Pecquet and Jamie Klatell - 05/30/11 07:18 PM EDT
The effects of reform
Obama, March 3, 2010
"This reform is the right thing to do for our seniors. It makes Medicare stronger and more solvent, extending its life by almost a decade. And it's the right thing to do for our future. It will reduce our deficit by more than $100 billion over the next decade, and more than $1 trillion in the decade after that. So this isn't radical reform. But it is major reform. This legislation will not fix everything that ails our health care system. But it moves us decisively in the right direction. This is what change looks like."
Boehner, March 3, 2010
"Can you go home and tell your senior citizens that these cuts in Medicare will not limit their access to doctors or further weaken the program instead of strengthening it? No, you cannot."
"[The ryan plan is] a vision that says America can't afford to keep the promise we've made to care for our seniors. It says that 10 years from now, if you're a 65-year-old who's eligible for Medicare, you should have to pay nearly $6,400 more than you would today. It says instead of guaranteed health care, you will get a voucher. And if that voucher isn't worth enough to buy the insurance that's available in the open marketplace, well, tough luck — you're on your own. Put simply, it ends Medicare as we know it."
Boehner, April 25, 2001
The Ryan plan "transforms Medicare into a plan that's very similar to the president's own healthcare bill. It covers all the same things that would be covered today and it transforms the program so it's there [for future generations]."
THEN & NOW:
THEN & NOW: