A controversial House Medicare plan is “on the table” despite getting voted down in the U.S. Senate last week.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said Sunday that he still supports the plan by House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, R-Wis., to transform Medicare into a voucher-like system in which future beneficiaries — those 54 and younger — would get subsidies to buy health insurance rather than have the government directly pay their doctor and hospital bills.
“The one thing we can’t do is nothing,” McConnell said. “The president, to his credit, is at the table. … We’re going to negotiate the contours of the plan in these negotiations. I’m personally very comfortable with the way Paul Ryan would structure it in the out years, but we have a Democratic president. We’re going to have to negotiate with him on the terms of changing Medicare so we can save Medicare.”