In our opinion: Heroes of 2011
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Given the aging population of the country, entitlement programs for the elderly pose one of the greatest long-term threats to the nation's finances. Most proposals to reform entitlements, however, have been cast as blunt weapons in Washington's partisan bickering. It is a breath of much needed fresh air to have Democratic Senator Ron Wyden and Republican House Budget Chair Paul Ryan reach across the aisle and present a thoughtful plan to provide seniors with a medical safety net that gives them options for their Medicare coverage while reigning in Medicare costs. The Wyden-Ryan plan would give seniors the choice of maintaining current Medicare benefits or choosing new private, but carefully protected health plan options. Both Wyden and Ryan recognize that time is running out for effective solutions to this looming fiscal crisis and hope that their hybrid approach will help break the partisan logjam that stands in the way of addressing and solving it.
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