by Max Brantley
John Brummett gives Republican Rep. Paul Ryan what-for for calling down President Obama for correctly depicting Ryan's Republican-endorsed plan to end Medicare as a plan to dismantle Medicare.
Indeed, Ryan would end government single-pay health insurance for persons reaching retirement age 10 years from now. He would direct these seniors-to-be into the private health insurance marketplace where they would get their insurance subsidized by a government payment based on a sliding scale according to personal means.
That’s a voucher. It’s every bit as much a voucher as a government payment to a private school toward the admission of an underprivileged student.
But Republicans don’t like the word — voucher — even as they have long championed it in precise terms for education. For Medicare, they prefer “premium support.” This probably has to do with some Frank Luntz focus group.