Though surveys showed that the public opposed a GOP proposal last year to privatize Medicare, the author of the plan, Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., isn’t backing down. He released a new budget plan today that would require those who retire a decade from now to purchase either traditional Medicare or private insurance through a government-run exchange. “Forcing health plans to compete against each other is the best way to achieve high-quality coverage at the lowest cost,” Ryan wrote in a Wall Street Journal commentary. Critics noted that the GOP budget plan would cut taxes while reducing health care and social safety net spending on the poor and middle classes.
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