Americans Love Medicare

Apr 20 2011 @ 4:04pm

Ezra Klein summarizes polling on Paul Ryan's plan:

You know what’s not popular? Reforming Medicare such that beneficiaries “receive a check or voucher from the government each year for a fixed amount they can use to shop for their own private health insurance policy.” According to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll, 65 percent of Americans oppose the idea — about the same number who dismissed it in 1995. And if they’re told that the cost of private insurance for seniors is projected to outpace the cost of Medicare insurance for seniors — which is exactly what CBO projects – more than 80 percent of Americans oppose the plan.

So Ryan's austerity plan is deeply unpopular, and yet he cannot be politically brave for advancing it? One or the other, please.