90.9 WBUR - Boston's NPR news station
Top Stories:
PLEDGE NOW
The Ryan Plan For Medicare

Paul Ryan’s plan for Medicare. We’ll look at truth and consequences, on and off the Ryan plan.

Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan pauses while speaking during  the Texas Republican Convention in Fort Worth, Texas,  Saturday, June 9, 2012. (AP)

Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan pauses while speaking during the Texas Republican Convention in Fort Worth, Texas, Saturday, June 9, 2012. (AP)

Mitt Romney was all about the economy. Add Paul Ryan to the ticket, and suddenly it’s all about the federal budget and, above all, Medicare.

Romney’s VP running mate has been going after Medicare for years. It has to change for the country to survive, he says. End the guarantees of health care for the old. Give a voucher. Let seniors pay the difference.

Romney says that competition will drive down costs. Democrats say there’s a broken commitment there. That too many of us will be old and sick and broke. This hour, On Point: the Ryan factor, and the future of Medicare.

- Tom Ashbrook

Guests

Don Berwick, former administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).

Gail Wilensky, an economist and senior fellow at Project Hope, an international health education foundation. She sits on the Board of Directors of Geisinger Health System. She was Administrator of the Health Care Financing Administration, directing the Medicare and Medicaid programs under President George H.W. Bush.

From Tom’s Reading List:

L.A. Times “Mitt Romney on Wednesday unequivocally disavowed more than $700 billion in Medicare spending cuts proposed by his new running mate, Rep. Paul D. Ryan of Wisconsin. In an interview on ‘CBS This Morning,’ Romney was asked how he squared his running mate’s plan to cut spending on the popular healthcare program for the elderly with his criticism of President Obama for making the same reductions.”

Kaiser Health News “The Republican-controlled House, along party lines, twice approved [Paul Ryan's] proposals to overhaul the popular social insurance program for the elderly and disabled by giving beneficiaries a set amount of money every year to buy coverage from competing health plans. That is a fundamental shift from today’s program, where the federal government must help pay for every doctor visit and medical service that an individual uses.”

USA Today “President Obama fought back against Republican criticism over Medicare today, saying he has improved the program by eliminating wasteful spending. ‘I have strengthened Medicare,’ Obama told supporters in Dubuque, Iowa, on the third and final day of his bus tour of the state.”

Please follow our community rules when engaging in comment discussion on this site.
ONPOINT
TODAY
Oct 30, 2014
Realtor Helen Hertz stands in front of one of her listings in Cleveland Heights, Ohio Friday, Oct. 24, 2014. Hertz, a real estate agent for more than three decades, has seen firsthand what has happened to the market in the wake of the recession and foreclosure crisis. (AP)

Home ownership rates are at a 20-year low. Millennials and more aren’t buying. We’ll look at what American’s think now about owning a home.

Oct 30, 2014
Soylent is a new meal-replacement substance meant to offer a complete nutritional alternative to traditional food. (Courtesy Soylent)

Soylent is a grey smoothie the consistency of pancake batter that claims it can replace all your food. On a crowded planet, is this the future of food? Plus: what does the Antares rocket crash mean for private space travel?

RECENT
SHOWS
Oct 29, 2014
A visitor looks at the simple wooden cross that marks the grave of Welsh poet and playwright Dylan Thomas, in Laugharne, Wales, Sept. 17, 1963. (AP)

A century after his birth, poet and writer Dylan Thomas lives on. We look at his exuberant work and short life.

 
Oct 29, 2014
In this Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2013 image provided by the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources, a young bear is rescued from drowning after eluding officials, at Lake Powell, Utah. (AP)

A big debate in the West over transferring Federal public lands to states. We’ll hear from both sides.

On Point Blog
On Point Blog
The Explicast, Episode Two: Why Is Election Day On A Tuesday?
Friday, Oct 24, 2014

The Explicast is back for another round. This time, we’re looking at Election Day, and why we all keep voting on a random Tuesday in early November.

More »
2 Comments
 
Our Week In The Web: October 24, 2014
Friday, Oct 24, 2014

On comments, comment sections, and ROY G BIV.

More »
Comment
 
Introducing The Explicast: A New Podcast From On Point Radio
Friday, Oct 17, 2014

Confused about the news? Don’t worry: so are we sometimes! Introducing a new On Point Radio podcast: The Explicast. You can find Episode One right here.

More »
3 Comments