Rep. Ryan defends Medicare plan in new ad
June 17th, 2011
11:03 AM ET
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Rep. Ryan defends Medicare plan in new ad

(CNN) - House Republican Budget Chairman Paul Ryan appears in a television ad released Friday aimed at defending to seniors the controversial Medicare reform plan he authored as part of his budget proposal.

In the nationwide ad created by 60 Plus Association, a conservative seniors-interest advocacy organization, Ryan warns, "If we do nothing, Medicare spending will nearly double over the next decade, exhausting its remaining funds," while seeking to reassure seniors that, "No change occurs to Medicare for anybody who's on Medicare or ten years away from retiring."

In his budget plan, the Wisconsin Republican proposed a sweeping overhaul to Medicare for those 55 and under by offering subsidies for seniors to use private health insurance instead of the government paying directly for medical costs.

The plan, which passed in the House but failed in the Senate, has been met with severe backlash from Democrats who say the cuts will significantly harm seniors dependent on the entitlement program. It is the subject of continuing negotiations between lawmakers and the Obama administration.

The new ad began airing Friday on national cable channels, including CNN, and in Florida and Ohio, both key swing states.


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soundoff (59 Responses)
  1. Lost in Texas FOREVER

    @ Bill....
    Looney Left, eh? Well we sure heard a lot of solutions at that so=called GOP debate didn't we? Tax cuts for the rich, tax cuts for the rich, everything is Obama's fault, tax cuts for the rich. Yep a lot of solutions.

    June 17, 2011 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  2. LegendRx

    The system is broke because there are no JOBS . . . PERIOD! Until American can stand strong against the corporate giants, everything else is a Moot point

    June 17, 2011 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  3. vic , nashville ,tn

    Paul Ryan won’t be in the congress if seniors didn’t work hard to save the nation

    This is the way he is paying back to seniors

    Sad

    June 17, 2011 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  4. Rudy NYC

    Did anyone notice that the Ryan Plan projects unemployment to drop to 4% after a few years? The jobs are supposed to come from American innovation and the rest of the talking points. Meanwhile, one of the best of recent American innovations is being subscontracted out to China. I'm talking about green technologies. Most batteries for electric and hybrid cars are made in China.

    June 17, 2011 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  5. GI Joe

    Wonder what will happen to the veteran's benefits (which Obama HAS increased, but McCain voted against)?

    June 17, 2011 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  6. Candide

    Memo to Rep. Ryan: We know that Medicare is heading for finacial trouble. That's the easy part to understand. What you do not understand is that the American people want Medicare fixed and not handed over to private insurance companies to devour. We have a health reform bill that is trying to attack the problem of efficiency and cost in health care. Get behind it and reform it if you want, with ideas that work. The GOP solution that the "free market" will solve everything is idiotic. Health inusrance is not a free market in which individuals make choices as they have to accept the insurance that their employer provides, the cost of which is more and more being shifted to employees though co-pays, deductibles, etc. as the insurance companies continue to jack up premiums, cap benefits and dump sick people. Come up with a solution and stop pandering to corporate America, or you will be out of a job come 2012.

    June 17, 2011 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  7. GI Joe

    Face it, people, the wealthy don't care. And the Government Health care will be provided for politicians in their retirement at a reduced cost.

    June 17, 2011 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  8. Four and The Door

    LegendRx
    The system is broke because there are no JOBS . . . PERIOD! Until American can stand strong against the corporate giants, everything else is a Moot point
    ___________________________________________________________________________________________________
    Your post is precious. Corporations are who create jobs. I hate to be the one to break it to you, LegendRX, but not everyone can work for the government.

    June 17, 2011 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  9. Ben

    @lLost:

    Well who do you think pays the overwhelming majority of taxes in this country? The top 25% of earners. But why let the facts get in the way of a good story?

    June 17, 2011 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
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