While debate last night between Representative Ryan and Vice President Biden was certainly more animated than the presidential debate, it made it crystal clear the differences on healthcare under each potential administration.
There are dozens of well written commentaries this morning over who won the debate, who gave out correct/factual/truthful information and so on. What is important for people who listen to us on the radio and visit my website is the public really did get a front row seat.
Representative Ryan’s plan will reduce the number of people able to obtain government assistance with their healthcare by drastically reducing federal spending on insurance subsidies for working families and Medicaid which under Obamacare was going to cover millions of Americans at or below the federal poverty limit. Representative Ryan does not believe we can afford Obamacare and since Governor Romney has not given us any information on how he will reform healthcare, other than repeal Obamacare, it is impossible to know the impact.
Obamacare, through tax increases on individuals making over $200,000 and $250,000 for married couples, along with reductions in Medicare spending, will vastly expand coverage for millions of Americans. President Obama believes we can afford to provide this vast safety net to millions of the uninsured and under insured. Seniors will not be subjected to dealth panels. Committees will not (and are not legally allowed) to ration care, and Medicare will be strengthened for future generations.
It is time for all of us to understand what is at stake in this election.