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Dold, Schneider Spar on Medicare

Schneider campaign claims Dold wants to end Medicare guaranty while Congressman’s camp says that is not the case.

When the campaign of attacked Republican opponent , Dold’s campaign answered with some truth serum of its own Saturday.

The Schneider campaign set up a “Dold Medicare Vouchers” booth in Highland Park’s Port Clinton Square Thursday to inform voters the North Shore Congressman wants to replace the current Medicare program with a voucher system senior citizens can use to offset the cost of private health insurance.

“The Republican plan is to take away the Medicare guarantee and turn it into a voucher system,” Schneider campaign manager Reed Adamson said. “People are looking for a secure retirement. They plan to take away the guarantee and turn it into a voucher program.”

Though Dold has voted twice for a House Republican Budget that contains proposed changes to Medicare for people under 55, his campaign spokesperson John McGovern disputes the idea takes away the Medicare guaranty.

Dold supports changes to Medicare proposed by Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI). The fundamentals of that plan are contained in the House Republican Budget authored by Ryan and passed by the lower chamber in April with Dold’s vote, according to McGovern.

“Congressman Dold does not support any changes in Medicare for those above 55 years old or a voucher system,” McGovern said. “Congressman Dold supports the Wyden-Ryan reforms which allow individuals under 55 the option of Medicare as it exists today.”

McGovern explained the Wyden-Ryan plan gives people under 55 options for medical coverage when they reach retirement age.

“Consider what Sen. Wyden has said about his own plan,” McGovern said citing a March 19 Huffington Post story. “‘Wyden-Ryan doesn't eliminate the traditional Medicare plan; instead it guarantees that seniors who want to enroll in Medicare's traditional fee for service plan will always have that option.’”

McGovern also explained the Wyden-Ryan plan is not a voucher system for those who choose not to use traditional Medicare. It contains a provision allowing seniors to "receive a government subsidy that would help pay for private insurance," according to a March 19 article in The Hill.

“‘Unlike a voucher program that would give seniors a fixed amount of money to purchase health plans, Wyden-Ryan would adjust premium support payments each year to reflect the actual cost of health insurance premiums’” McGovern said quoting Wyden.

Louis G. Atsaves October 26, 2012 at 12:10 PM
From July when this article first appeared to today, Schneider still has not explained how he will preserve and save Medicare, which is rapidly going broke. Typical Democrat. Keep on spending until the money runs out then shoot for a band aid solution. He won't even tell us what band aid he will apply! Similarly, Schneider has had several months now to disclose his income tax returns and his "business" which has generated no revenues since January of 2010. He has filed documents indicating his net worth is between $5 to $25 million. Maybe this explains his lack of interest in fixing Medicare. He has no personal worries about money and retirement, unlike the rest of us. His lack of transparency and vagueness has been a hallmark of his campaign. The Democrats did pressure Rep. Wyden, a Democrat, into walking away from the Ryan plan. So I guess that means that they did do something. They voted to let Medicare run out of cash and leave seniors high and dry. Doing nothing kills Medicare. Repeating this old article in an attempt to help the struggling Schneider campaign refocus their unfocused message just shows how callous Schneider is on this subject.
RB October 26, 2012 at 01:28 PM
...and the Republican Plan? Vouchers! Do you really want an 85 year old having to find an insurance company and rate that fits within the fixed amount of the voucher? There is also inflation. Healthcare has an extraordinary inflation rate and those vouchers may not be enough. Sure, fix Medicare, don't decimate it like the Romney/Ryan/Dold plan.
Rorkesdrift October 26, 2012 at 08:22 PM
You mean that 85 year old can choose between many medicare suppliment and medi-gap programs, all sold by independent insurance companies or the AARP, but is too stupid/feeble/ignorant to make a choice among regular insurance plans. You certainly have a very low opinion of other people's ability to make decisions concerning themselves.
RB October 26, 2012 at 09:00 PM
Much less complicated than the voucher program, and affordable... And for anyone still thinking 'moderate Mitt' is going stick around if he were to be elected, there's this timely opinion from Bloomberg Opinion. Hint...Mitt would be far from Moderate. Medicare will be demolished in a Ryan-Romney-Dold budget. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-10-25/moderate-romney-wouldn-t-make-it-past-inauguration-day.html

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