The Obama administration will cut doctor and hospital reimbursements to achieve those $716 billion in savings, risking the economic viability of many health care companies, including clinics, hospitals, and nursing homes. It will also make doctors extremely reluctant to take on any more Medicare patients. With a physician shortage already exacerbated by ObamaCare, some seniors may find it difficult to get any health care at all except from emergency rooms.
Ryan’s voucher plan has its own problems, but at least is a big step in the right direction. The strategy employed by the Romney campaign appears to offer a contrast between the two plans while blunting criticism from Democrats that the Ryan plan would “end Medicare as we know it.” Both plans would essentially accomplish that. If that point can be made, a debate about the future of Medicare can proceed without the demagoguery employed by the Obama campaign.
The more that people learn about the Ryan plan, the less successful the Democrats will be in scaring seniors about its provisions. If this strategy is able to at least neutralize the Medicare issue, Romney will have achieved exactly what he needs in order to win in November.