Seniors would be forced to pay thousands of dollars more a year for the coverage they are already receiving. And if the voucher doesn't cover the service and you can't pay? Tough luck. You're on your own.
Let's pause a minute before we accede to the supposed sterling qualities of Mitt Romney's newly announced running mate and look a little closer at this election cycle's version of Republican Party wunderkind and base energizer.
Paul Ryan's whole argument has been that "at least he has a plan." If Obama offers a plan to save Medicare and Social Security from themselves, create a better tax code, and balance the budget, Ryan's entire appeal would fall apart.
Ryan is considered a rising star within conservative circles. Conservative pundits, the Wall Street Journal, and other publications openly advocated for Ryan's selection. But it is only a net plus for Ryan if Romney wins.
Where things tend to get somewhat murky is the line: "Restoring America's Promise" since that implies the promise of America has somehow been lost and in some obscure way needs to be "recovered" or "restored." Why else would he write what he wrote?
I always liked the word 'bold.' It is easy to say, punchy and to the point. And now? If I hear another person on TV or in print describe the Gov. Romney selection of Rep. Ryan as "bold," I may throw my TV through the window.
What can we expect the presumptive Romney-Ryan ticket's perspective to be on tax policy, retirement security, the safety net/poverty, inequality, mobility, investment in public goods, market failures, health care?