Republican goals reflected in House bill
GOP’S latest budget has long-term significance for providers
The House of Representatives this week will vote on a budget resolution that experts say is more important to providers for what it portends after this year’s election cycle than for any changes in the short term.
Released March 20, the House Budget Committee’s fiscal 2013 budget blueprint attempts to put the country on a path to fiscal stability and sustainability in part through sweeping reforms to the tax code and entitlement programs, its backers contend. Although the plan has no hopes of moving in the Senate, it’s noteworthy for mapping out the goals of House Republicans in a year when voters are considering the policy priorities of both political parties.
“Much like the president’s budget, it’s a political statement of intention in broad terms,” said Joe Antos, a health policy scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, a conservative Washington-based think tank. “And much like the president’s budget, at least when it comes to entitlement programs, it has some influence on what Congress does,” he added. “But it does not determine what Congress does.”
Similar to the committee’s plan a year ago, this year’s budget proposes a premium-support model for Medicare that would provide beneficiaries with a payment and a list of coverage options including both private plans and traditional fee-for-service Medicare. Medicaid, meanwhile, would be transformed into a program that would convert the federal
The latest budget plan from Ryan, above, includes traditional fee-for-service Medicare alongside private plans.