A map was generated by Democrats in congress last year after the GOP decided to embrace Paul Ryan’s “Path to Poverty” austerity budget, and it’s more useful and important now than it was then.
Click through for the map which details the effects Paul Ryan’s budget would have on every single district in America.
As an example ill cite the effects on my own district, Ohio’s 3rd congressional district.
• Increase prescription drug costs for 9,400 Medicare beneficiaries in the district who enter the Part D donut hole, forcing them to pay an extra $93 million for drugs over the next decade.
• Eliminate new preventive care benefits for 108,000 Medicare beneficiaries in the district.
• Deny 470,000 individuals age 54 and younger in the district access to Medicare’s guaranteed benefits.
• Increase the out-of-pocket costs of health coverage by over $6,000 per year in 2022 and by almost $12,000 per year in 2032 for the 104,000 individuals in the district who are between the ages of 44 and 54.
• Require the 104,000 individuals in the district between the ages of 44 and 54 to save an additional $24.3 billion for their retirement – an average of $182,000 to $287,000 per individual – to pay for the increased cost of health coverage over their lifetimes. Younger residents of the district will have to save even higher amounts to cover their additional medical costs.
• Raise the Medicare eligibility age by at least one year to age 66 or more for 57,000 individuals in the district who are age 44 to 49 and by two years to age 67 for 365,000 individuals in the
district who are age 43 or younger.
That’s just for Medicare.
And for Medicaid:
• Reduce coverage for 10,500 dual eligible seniors and individuals with disabilities who rely on Medicaid to supplement their Medicare coverage or pay their Medicare cost sharing.
• Jeopardize nursing home care for 2,800 whose expenses are paid by Medicaid.
• Impair the health care of 53,000 children, including 2,700 newborns each year, who receive coverage under Medicaid.
• Cut payments to hospitals for 28,000 emergency room visits paid for by Medicaid each year.
• Cut payments to hospitals for 7,400 inpatient visits paid for by Medicaid each year.
• Reduce jobs and hurt economic growth by eliminating $1.3 billion in Medicaid spending.
This is one of the Romney campaign’s biggest problems in selecting Paul Ryan as their vice presidential nominee. There are already thousands of pages of documentation and opposition research on Ryan.