(I can understand someone not being in Favor of the Ryan plan, but at least offer your own. What’s your actual alternative, Senator Brown? RMG’s Front Page awaits your response. – promoted by Paul R. Ferro)
Scott Brown’s editorial on Paul Ryan’s budget.
Why can’t I go along with the Ryan Medicare plan?
First, I fear that as health inflation rises, the cost of private plans will outgrow the government premium support- and the elderly will be forced to pay ever higher deductibles and co-pays. Protecting those who have been counting on the current system their entire adult lives should be the key principle of reform.
Second, Medicare has already taken significant cuts to help pay for Obama’s health care plan. The president and Congress cut a half trillion dollars to the private side of Medicare – meaning seniors are at risk of losing their Medicare Advantage coverage.
Another key principle is that seniors should not have to bear a disproportionate burden. But that doesn’t mean we do nothing. If Medicare is to survive for current beneficiaries and future generations, we must act. The sooner Congress addresses this, the less painful it is likely to be – but more difficult adjustments will be required if we delay.
To add insult to injury, Brown ends his editorial by reminding us that:
… Our country is on an unsustainable fiscal path.
But I do not think it requires us to change Medicare as we know it. We can work inside of Medicare to make it more solvent.
This is not the time for finger-pointing or the usual blame game. For every reckless decision – on both sides of the aisle – that led us to this point where we are $14 trillion in debt, we now will have to make a hard decision to help get the country on the right track.
What hard decisions, Senator Brown? What hard decisions?
Scott Brown has dodged many controversial issues and abandoned conservatives numerous times, while insisting that his primary concerns are reform and fiscal responsibility. He has repeated that mantra over and over again. But when the time came for him to step up to the plate and deliver on his rhetoric, he pulled a Jorge Posada and called in sick at the 11th hour.
Ryan’s budget had near unanimous support in the GOP House. The conservatives are ready. The country needs this. Brown is right about one thing, the current path is unsustainable. But Brown offers nothing but some nay-saying and some mealy-mouthed rhetoric that will go nowhere. That type of talk has been going on for generations. Now, we have an actual opportunity to do something about the bloated entitlement state and our pending fiscal ruin, and Brown walks away. He is acting as an enabler of the current path of unsustainability, not as a reformer or as a fiscal conservative.