In the 113th Congress Democrats will continue to oppose the Republican plan that calls for an end to the Medicare guarantee. The Republican proposal will ration care by turning Medicare beneficiaries over to private insurers with no guarantee of a defined benefit package and will drastically increase beneficiary costs. According to the Congressional Budget Office, the Republican budget will dramatically cut spending on Medicare for new beneficiaries by more than $2,200 per person per year, starting in 2030, and by $8,000 in 2050. While the Ryan budget may reduce government spending on Medicare, that cost will be directly shifted to beneficiaries, imposing a new and large cost burden on seniors and individuals with disabilities. The following fact sheets and analysis provide more information about the GOP budget's impact on Medicare.
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Fact Sheet on GOP Plan to End Medicare Guarantee
Learn more about how the Ryan budget ends Medicare.
By The Numbers: GOP Plan to End Medicare Guarantee
A numbers guide to the Republican proposal.
Ways and Means Democrats are introducing “The $6,400 Question,” a regular question named after the $6,400 increase in out-of-pocket health care costs that seniors would experience in 2022 under the Ryan budget, as passed with nearly unanimous GOP support in April 2011.
CBO Report of GOP's 2011 Budget
Read the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) analysis that confirms the House Republican budget would dismantle Medicare and wreak havoc on America’s seniors and future retirees.