In the August 26, 2012 New York Times, Robert Pear writes a glowing tribute to the success of the Republicans' Medicare Parts C and D. You know, the Parts of Medicare that the Democrats and the New York Times claimed in 2003 would "end Medicare as we know it."
Then Pear says:
“What is the difference (between what Wyden-Ryan are proposing now in terms of 'Medicare privatization'' and what Medicare Parts C and D do)? Why do Democrats say that Mr. Romney and Mr. Ryan would “end Medicare as we know it,” even as private plans have helped hold down costs and have satisfied most beneficiaries? One answer, cited by many health policy experts, is that Medicare officials have aggressively regulated insurers to protect consumers... Republicans who seek a larger role for private plans generally want a market with less regulation.”
Mr. Pear, could you please name the Republicans who want less regulation? I think it is important to know.
On the other hand, if you are simply blowing smoke (my guess), it is important for your readers to know.
And I think it is very important for everyone to know that it is clearly NOT the Wyden-Ryan Medicare Reform plan that calls for less regulation.
Tell the truth, the whole truth, New York Times.
-- Dennis Byron