GOP Medicare Plan Both Borrows From and Repeals Obama’s

WASHINGTON (AP) – House Republicans say their new budget would repeal President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul. But it would also put future retirees in a version of Medicare that resembles one of the main features of Obama’s law. Like Obama, Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan, the top GOP budget writer, is borrowing the idea of insurance exchanges from Mitt Romney’s Massachusetts health care law. They’re competitive new marketplaces where consumers can shop for a policy. Obama’s plan features exchanges for uninsured middle-class workers and their families. Ryan wants them for seniors. Experts who see some overlap are scratching their heads, wondering if politicians have more in common on health care than they care to admit to voters this election year. Ryan’s new budget would reshape Medicare for those now 54 and younger.

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