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“Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) … is hon­est enough to ac­knowl­edge that sim­ply pre­serv­ing Medi­care as we know it is not an op­tion. ... Mr. Ryan’s so­lu­tion is to change Medi­care from a fee-for-ser­vice sys­tem, un­der which it pays most of the cost of what­ever is deemed med­i­cally ap­pro­pri­ate, to a sys­tem in which the gov­ern­ment pays a set amount to­ward se­niors’ pur­chase of health in­surance cov­er­age from among com­pet­ing providers. Older, sicker and poorer peo­ple would re­ceive larger sub­si­dies.”

—Wash­ing­ton­Post “The 2011 Leg­is­la­ture was one of the most con­ser­va­tive and reck­less in mod­ern his­tory. … This rad­i­cal agenda does not re­flect main­stream Florida, but it is a sober­ing re­minder that elec­tions mat­ter and there are con­se­quences for fail­ing to par­tic­i­pate. … The poor will be forced to pay for drug tests be­fore re­ceiv­ing wel­fare. And those en­rolled in Med­i­caid, start­ing next year, will have their health­care over­seen by man­aged-care or­ga­ni­za­tions that will share prof­its with the state——a plan that ul­ti­mately should not pass fed­eral muster.”

—St.Peters­burg (Fla.) Times

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