Oliver Willis

Republicans Now Want To Privatize Medicare

Dear Democrats: You have been given a gift.

Months after they hammered Democrats for cutting Medicare, House Republicans are debating whether to relaunch their quest to privatize the health program for seniors.

House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, R-Wis., is testing support for his idea to replace Medicare with a fixed payment to buy a private medical plan from a menu of coverage options.

Generally speaking, Republicans are usually politically adept enough to not talk about their plans to wholesale privatize elements of the government in public. They usually reserve that for the message coordination meetings behind closed doors. But perhaps the Tea Party infusion has so emboldened them that they’re more than willing to go full Bircher in public.

As Lyndon Johnson in 1964 could have told you: That’s a good thing.