We hired a very smart, super-qualified new product marketer a couple of months ago who spent the last couple of years in D.C. working for HHS, helping to roll out ACA regulations. We asked John to put together some thoughts on the Wyden-Ryan proposal – recommended reading.

I wish you all a fantastic holiday and here’s to a great 2012 for everyone.

Bryce

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The Ryan plan

April 13, 2011

WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 05:  U.S. Rep. Paul Rya...

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At my company, we’re confident that given knowledge and a transparent, competitive marketplace people will be empowered to find and purchase the right insurance for their needs. That’s why we think that Representative Paul Ryan’s proposal to make Medicare a voucher system isn’t necessarily a bad idea, since it puts a lot of power into the hands of consumers — but such a system has to be calibrated right if it isn’t going to shift too much of the cost of health care onto the shoulders of seniors.

And that’s why we think this analysis provided by the Bipartisan Policy Center is a must-read for anyone who wants to understand how the Ryan proposal would work out over the next 40 years.  Ryan’s plan is compared to the BPC’s own Domenici-Rivlin Debt Reduction Task Force plan, which is also premium support based but maintains traditional Medicare, and allows support to grow at a rate that more closely approximates the actual projected rate of growth in medical costs for Medicare beneficiaries.

Visit Extend Health — the nation’s largest private Medicare exchange.

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