Today we enter day 4 of our national nightmare of innumerate serious people who scream “the math demands it” but won’t admit that (a) 22.3 – 18.3 is not 3, (b) 4 percent of GDP is about $600 billion a year, and (c) the relevant percentage here is percentage increase in revenue (4 is 22% of 18.3) not increase in revenue as a percentage of GDP. Today we learn that, even if Ryan’s numbers don’t add up unless you use Heritage math, even if it makes no effort to contain medical costs, even if it would literally kill tens of thousands of older Americans, we must admit that it is more ambitious than ACA:
Only the ACA is really trying to deliver more efficiency; the Ryan plan simply shifts the responsibility for someone’s health after a given point from government to individuals. Both proposals therefore make some sense to me. But Obama’s is both more humane and less ambitious in its attempt to solve the basic dilemma.
Exactly what about Ryan’s plan makes sense? What?