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Friday, September 24, 2010

Rand Paul Suggests Medicaid Recipients May Need to Pay Higher Premiums

Republican Senate candidate Rand Paul said Thursday that Medicare recipients may have to “bear more of the burden” to shore up the health program's finances  as rising numbers of seniors rely on its benefits.  While accepting a business group's endorsement in Louisville, Paul told reporters that dealing with looming Medicare shortfalls will require a bipartisan solution. But he options could include higher premiums.

“Nobody wants that,” Paul said during a question-and-answer session. “I don't want higher premiums. But I also don't want the system to be bankrupt where we can't pay for Medicare at all.”  Trustees who oversee Medicare have projected the Medicare hospital trust fund would be exhausted in 2029.

During an interview earlier Thursday on WHAS-AM in Louisville, Paul, a Bowling Green eye doctor, was asked what cuts could be made to such popular programs as Medicare.  “You want to have more participation by the person who's receiving the entitlement,” Paul replied. “By that I mean that they need to be more involved with some sort of economic transaction every time they use their entitlement, and that means they have to bear more of the burden.”

Paul said later that the problem is purely demographic, caused by surging numbers of retirees compared to the number of people in the workforce.  “We have to address it head on and not put our head in the sand and say we'll just keep borrowing money,” he said.  Paul has previously stressed that he would not change Medicare rules for retirees or people nearing retirement.

The campaign of his Democratic opponent, Attorney General Jack Conway, seized on Paul's comments to question his commitment to the government health program for seniors.  Conway spokesman John Collins said Paul wants to “force seniors to pay more for basic health care, and put more money into his own pocket” as a doctor who has Medicare patients. “It's just another example of him being out of step with Kentucky values.”

Meanwhile, Paul picked up an endorsement from the National Federation of Independent Business, marking his second business endorsement in days. Last week, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce announced that it backs Paul and launched a $500,000 ad campaign in Kentucky that accuses Conway of supporting Medicare cuts by backing the federal health care overhaul.

Conway has denounced the chamber ad as a scare tactic.  “If seniors ought to be scared by any candidacy, they ought to be scared by Rand Paul's for a number of reasons. He's called Medicare socialism, essentially,” Conway said in an interview Wednesday.

Couresty of the Courier-Journal.

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