What a difference one day can make! The day after pledging, in his convention speech, that he would never turn Medicare into a voucher program, his administration announced that it would be shifting 2 million seniors on Medicare into a voucher program.
There is a difference between the Romney-Ryan proposal and Obama policy though. Well, lots of them, but this one is key: In Romney-Ryan, the voucher program is voluntary; participants would choose whether to enter or not. The Obama program is opt-out, so (in some states) participants are in unless they take some action to stay out, which of course most won’t know to do.
I don’t know the program’s details, but it sounds like a good idea. (Indeed, it sounds a lot like Ryan’s plan.) It’s the hypocrisy that’s striking.