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Newsday: Paul Ryan Health Care Plan Less than Coverage for Congress Members
Paul Ryan has likened his Medicare overhaul to the health-care coverage available to members of Congress. It differs in one main respect: It's less generous.
Republican vice presidential candidate Ryan's plan to revamp the health-care program for the elderly wouldn't have the safeguards against rising costs included in the coverage that lawmakers and other federal workers receive.
Those differences, which help explain the savings claimed in Ryan's budget, are sparking complaints that Republicans want to impose a plan on the elderly that's inferior to their own. Ryan, a Wisconsin lawmaker, is chairman of the House Budget Committee.
"Their proposal would give seniors on Medicare a much worse deal than members of Congress have," said Representative Chris Van Hollen of Maryland, the top Democrat on the Budget Committee.
Ryan's proposal to tackle spiraling Medicare costs by offering seniors subsidies to buy private insurance is taking center stage in this year's presidential contest.
Republicans reject the complaints, saying Ryan's plan would harness market forces to control costs, ensuring seniors won't face larger health-care bills.
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