Wow. Our experiment is off to a great start—let's see if we can finish it off sooner than expected.
So I figured I'd wait until today to get the details of Paul Ryan's Medicare plan, but this is pretty much all that his proposal says about it:
Starting in 2022, new Medicare beneﬁciaries will be enrolled in the same kind of health care program that members of Congress enjoy. Future Medicare recipients will be able to choose from a list of guaranteed coverage options, and they will be given the ability to choose a plan that works best for them....The Medicare premium-support payment would be adjusted so that wealthier beneﬁciaries would receive a lower subsidy, the sick would receive a higher payment if their conditions worsened, and lower-income seniors would receive additional assistance to cover out-of-pocket costs.
....Health plans that choose to participate in the Medicare exchange must agree to offer insurance to all Medicare beneﬁciaries, to avoid cherry-picking and ensure that Medicare’s sickest and highest-cost beneﬁciaries receive coverage....While there would be no disruptions in the current Medicare fee-for-service program for those currently enrolled or becoming eligible in the next ten years, all seniors would have the choice to opt into the new Medicare program once it begins in 2022.
Is that it? Am I missing something? How is anybody supposed to analyze how this would actually work with no more detail than this?
For now, I'm going to assume that I'm missing something. There must be a more detailed document around somewhere that I haven't found yet. There has to be, right?