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The Ryan Medicare Plan: Winners and Losers

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Publication Date: April 2011

Publisher(s): Center for Economic and Policy Research

Author(s): Dean Baker

Topic: Economics (Economic policy, planning, and development)
Government (Public policy)
Health (Health services for older people)

Keywords: Medicare; Budget; Ryan

Coverage: United States


Representative Paul Ryan's proposed 2012 budget has been lauded as a path to prosperity, with much attetion given to his overhaul of the medicare system. Using data from the CBO analysis of the Ryan plan, this issue brief demonstrates that any savings to the government under the revamped medicare system places the burden of rising healthcare costs more squarely on the shoulders of beneficiaries.


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