Interview with Robert Borosage: GOP plan to privatize Medicare; open phones05/04/11 Robert Lorei
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Good morning, welcome to Radioactivity. I'm Rob Lorei. Three weeks ago in Washington the Republican-controlled House passed Congressman Paul Ryanâ€™s budget on April 15.
The vote was along party lines. The budget proposal aims to reduce the nationâ€™s $14 trillion national debt but the proposal's plans to change health-care access for seniors have proven controversial.
The budget proposal replaces the Medicare guarantee for seniors over 65 with a voucher system that seniors would have to use to buy their health insurance from private companies. Yesterday Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said he will hold a Senate vote on Rep. Paul Ryanâ€™s budget proposal. The debate before the vote is likely to highlight two vastly different approaches to solving the nationâ€™s financial problems. Weâ€™re joined now by Robert Borosage who is co-director of the Campaign for Americaâ€™s Future â€” a progressive think tank in Washington DC.
Later we'll hear several listener comments about yesterday's program.