Ryan Defends Medicare Plan: ‘It’s Not A Voucher’

House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI) on Sunday defended his plan to reform Medicare for those under 55 years old, a plan that he has pushed in his budgets for years and which he will continue backing in the budget plan he will release next week.

“It’s not a voucher, it’s premium support, which is very different,” Ryan said on “Fox News Sunday.” 

Ryan explained that under his plan, senior choose from a list of guaranteed coverage options, including traditional Medicare, and that Medicare would subsidize that plan. The subsidies would cover the entire cost for the poor and less of the cost for wealthy seniors.

Ryan argued that despite being attacked during the campaign for wanting “voucher care,”the issue didn’t hurt the Romney-Ryan ticket in 2012. “We won the senior vote,” Ryan said.