On September 16, the New York Times1 had a good story on how the Democrats turned the Medicare debate back in their favor after a temporary surge by Romney/Ryan using its "$700 billion cut" meme. The Democrats countered with VoucherCare. The way this issue was handled by the Democrats is gratifying to a person who believes words mean something. Romney and Ryan apparently do not understand that.
In this case, it is one word, voucher, that changed the world. The tide of the election turned on VP Biden's use of the word Vouchercare to describe the Romney-Ryan2 (Wyden-Ryan, Ryan-Rivlin, etc.) plan.
In fact the word voucher appears in none of the plans but the Democrats simple association of Medicare with the idea of food stamps was all it took to change the election.
Not only does the word voucher not appear in the Ryan plans but nothing in any of his plans is anything like what a rational person would associate with a voucher (a coupon, a piece of paper worth some money in and of itself or in association with a purchase of something).
- The Wyden-Ryan plan proposes to work -- from a senior's point of view (a senior who turns 65 after 2022, that is) -- the same way the Federal Health Employee Plan and Commonwealth Choice/Care (RomneyCare) work in Massachusetts today, the way most large companies health care plans work today, the way Obamacare is supposed to work starting in 2014.
- The Wyden-Ryan plan proposes to work -- from the payers' point of view (that is, from the point of view of the government) -- also the way most large employers' insurance plans work today. IBM or Raytheon or the state of Massachusetts will pay a set amount each year (an amount that changes annually) for your insurance.
- If you want the best available insurance, you pay more.
- If not, you pay less or nothing at all.
Biden simply lied about that by calling it a voucher plan and the left-wing media and the Democrat's two-faced academic lap dogs played along and the Republicans (even though they were warned) ignored it. And the election was lost.
-- Dennis Byron
1I tend to link to the Times or Washington Post more than other newspapers because their content is less gated. These articles often appear all over the country in various newspapers and on various web sites and are often sourced to the Associated Press
2Ryan also did himself in by having so many plans and not making it clear what his current plan does and does not do.)