Republicans emphatically approved a toughly worded party platform at their national convention today that would ban all abortions and gay marriages, reshape Medicare into a voucher-like program and reject federal spending as an antidote for the...
MEDICARE AND MEDICAID
The platform pledges to move both Medicare and Medicaid away from “the current unsustainable defined-benefit entitlement model to a fiscally sound defined-contribution model.” It supports a Medicare transition to a premium-support model with an income-adjusted contribution toward a health plan of the enrollee’s choice. Age eligibility in Medicare must be made more realistic in light of longer life spans.
Medicaid services for low income people would be transformed into a block grant program in which the states would be given the flexibility to determine the best programs for their residents.