Wyden & Ryan Advance Bipartisan Plan to Strengthen Medicare and Expand Health Care Choices for All
New Proposal Represents Emerging Consensus on Saving Medicare Guarantee, Expanding Health Care Choices for Workers
This morning, U.S. Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) and U.S. Representative Paul Ryan (R-WI) introduced a new proposal that represents a major advance in the effort to build a more secure future for the millions of seniors who rely on Medicare.
The new report from Sen. Wyden and Rep. Ryan, titled “Guaranteed Choices to Strengthen Medicare and Health Security for All: Bipartisan Options for the Future,” outlines a bipartisan path forward on expanding health care choices for seniors while preserving a traditional Medicare plan as an option. The report also proposes to give Americans under 65 more power and freedom to purchase coverage they can carry with them into retirement.
Sen. Ron Wyden had this to say about the proposal:
“Paul Ryan shares my belief that we don’t hold election certificates to sit on the sidelines and that the only way to tackle some of the big challenges facing our nation is to work together on big solutions. Paul has also long-shared my view that the best way to hold down health costs is to give all Americans the ability to hire and fire their insurance company. Guaranteeing a future for traditional Medicare is a big challenge and it is our hope that outlining areas where Democrats and Republicans can reach agreement will help Congress rise to that challenge.”
Rep. Paul Ryan stated:
“Ron Wyden has been a consistently strong leader on market-based health insurance reform and a true fighter when it comes to protecting seniors, so it was only natural that we should work together on a plan that saves Medicare from fiscal threats, strengthens the program through expanded choice, and guarantees that all seniors will have the means and the freedom to purchase coverage that is tailored to their needs. I am also proud to support Sen. Wyden’s efforts to empower small businesses and their employees, so that Americans under 65 can find better health care options that they can carry with them into retirement.
“Today’s report represents a major advance toward building the kind of bipartisan consensus that is going to be absolutely critical as we seek to meet our nation’s greatest fiscal and economic challenges. By empowering seniors to use choice and competition to control costs and improve quality, our plan ensures that Medicare remains a guaranteed, affordable option for all seniors for decades to come.”
Fact Sheet on the Wyden-Ryan Plan: