Take that, Paul Ryan!

I will never turn Medicare into a voucher. No American should ever have to spend their golden years at the mercy of insurance companies.

Author: Mark Kleiman

Professor of Public Policy at the NYU Marron Institute for Urban Management and editor of the Journal of Drug Policy Analysis. Teaches about the methods of policy analysis about drug abuse control and crime control policy, working out the implications of two principles: that swift and certain sanctions don't have to be severe to be effective, and that well-designed threats usually don't have to be carried out. Books: Drugs and Drug Policy: What Everyone Needs to Know (with Jonathan Caulkins and Angela Hawken) When Brute Force Fails: How to Have Less Crime and Less Punishment (Princeton, 2009; named one of the "books of the year" by The Economist Against Excess: Drug Policy for Results (Basic, 1993) Marijuana: Costs of Abuse, Costs of Control (Greenwood, 1989) UCLA Homepage Curriculum Vitae Contact: Markarkleiman-at-gmail.com

7 thoughts on “Take that, Paul Ryan!”

  1. But.. but… but…. Paul Ryan /promised/ that his plan isn’t a voucher. Really truly. He promised.

    1. Well, think of Ryan’s plan as an out-of-the-money call option that can never be exercised and will be worthless in about 40 years. But yes, it’s a promise.

      1. = = = He swore it on his Olympic gold medal! = = =

        Proclaimed from the top of the highest peak in Colorado!

  2. I think Dems should start calling Ryan’s voucher program a “severance package” — as in “Mitt Romney wants to downsize Medicare the same way Bain Capital downsized the companies it gobbled up — by telling American workers to accept a tiny severance package and then go fend for themselves”

    1. It’s very much like converting a pension into a lump sum. Only american workers wouldn’t understand that because no one has pensions any more…

      (Back in the day when they did, a lot of companies would convert workers’ pension expectations into lump-sum payments using earnings assumptions that were, um, remarkably optimistic, leading to situations where someone might get a few tens of thousands of dollars to cover several thousand a month in prospective payments.)

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