The NYT is doing cover up work for Paul Ryan telling readers about his plan for:
"a debt ceiling increase tied to changes to Medicare and Medigap plans that would save more than enough money to ease some of the across-the-board cuts to domestic and defense programs ..."
Ryan is not going to save money from changing Medicare, he will save public dollars by cutting Medicare. In other words, Ryan wants seniors to pay more money for their health care. It's very polite of the NYT to assist Ryan in pushing his agenda by attempting to conceal its impact, but what happened to the old days when newspapers were about informing readers.
Under the Ryan's proposals, seniors will pay more money out of pocket because Medicare benefits will be cut. That shouldn't be too hard for a NYT article to print. Ryan can defend his proposed cuts by arguing that other priorities are more important, but people should understand what is at stake.