From The Happy Circumstance and reposted at the busy Paul Ryan Watch ...of course!
Committee on Energy and Commerce Excerpt:
Impacts on the 1st Congressional District of Wisconsin
The Republican proposal would have adverse impacts on seniors and disabled individuals in the district who are currently enrolled in Medicare. It would:
• Increase prescription drug costs for 9,700 Medicare beneficiaries in the district who enter the Part D donut hole, forcing them to pay an extra $95 million for drugs over the next decade.
• Eliminate new preventive care benefits for 112,000 Medicare beneficiaries in the district.
The Republican proposal would have even greater impacts on individuals in the district age 54 and younger who are not currently enrolled in Medicare. It would:
• Deny 550,000 individuals age 54 and younger in the district access to Medicare’s guaranteed benefits.
• Increase the out-of-pocket costs of health coverage by over $6,000 per year in 2022 and by almost $12,000 per year in 2032 for the 127,000 individuals in the district who are between the ages of 44 and 54.
• Require the 127,000 individuals in the district between the ages of 44 and 54 to save an additional $29.7 billion for their retirement – an average of $182,000 to $287,000 per individual – to pay for the increased cost of health coverage over their lifetimes. Younger residents of the district will have to save even higher amounts to cover their additional medical costs.
• Raise the Medicare eligibility age by at least one year to age 66 or more for 70,000 individuals in the district who are age 44 to 49 and by two years to age 67 for 419,000 individuals in the district who are age 43 or younger.
Despite Ryan persistently claiming his proposal changes nothing for over-55's, the committee finds otherwise.
Impacts on Current Medicare Beneficiaries in the District
The Republican leadership has asserted that “if you’re a person who is 55 years of age or older, there’s no change in Medicare for you” and that “we protect Medicare for current seniors.” In fact, the Republican plan would immediately cut benefits for thousands of seniors and individuals with disabilities in the district.
Including higher drug costs and the elimination of new preventative care benefits. Read more here.
Interactive Map of District by District Impact From Ryan's Care Proposal.
Additional: Ryan budget committee colleague: Ryan plan would kill Medicare
Rep. Paul Tonka Editorial.