Washington, D.C., United States (KaiserHealth) - Alec Vachon
doubts about the workability of a GOP proposal - called premium support - to transform Medicare
into a system of limited government help.
Vachon, a health care consultant who worked for top Republicans on Capitol Hill for more than a decade, says the idea, put forth last week by House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, would be a problem if federal contributions were insufficient to help seniors buy an insurance policy.
Vachon worked for Republican Bob Dole when he was Senate majority leader and then for the Senate Finance Committee, which has jurisdiction over health care issues.
Vachon left Capitol Hill in 2001 to start Hamilton PPB, where he advises investors.
Marilyn Werber Serafini of Kaiser Health News recently spoke with Vachon, and edited excerpts of the interview follow.
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