Romney-Ryan would aim to overhaul Medicaid
August 13th, 2012
07:18 AM ET
2 years ago

Romney-Ryan would aim to overhaul Medicaid

New York (CNNMoney) - Medicaid and other safety net programs could undergo major changes if Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan win November's election.

Ryan, currently a House Republican and picked this weekend to be Romney's running mate, wants to turn Medicaid and food stamps into block grants and make recipients work for certain benefits, according to his budget proposal unveiled in March.

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  1. CanadaONE

    RYAN IS SO HAPPY.

    In Canada we heard that when Ryan first found out he was the one – he Quickly asked Romney which country should he put his money into so he could AVOID AMERICAN TAXEs

    August 13, 2012 07:43 am at 7:43 am |
  2. Donkey Party

    Romney / Ryan, leading the war against seniors and the middle class.

    August 13, 2012 07:44 am at 7:44 am |
  3. Thomas

    Romney and Ryan are sure milking the military strong man look.

    Was Romney and Ryan in the Navy ?

    August 13, 2012 07:48 am at 7:48 am |
  4. GI Joe

    Don't forget - they have to cut taxes more for the wealthiest before they do anything. That will double their reasons to cut healthcare and food for the poor and disabled and underpaid military families.

    August 13, 2012 08:02 am at 8:02 am |
  5. Dean

    Good! Thes programs need to be overhauled since they are run so ineffectively.

    August 13, 2012 08:03 am at 8:03 am |
  6. GROVER NORQUIST IS AN ENEMY OF THE STATE

    What Willard and Ryan are proposing is modern day slavery.

    August 13, 2012 08:04 am at 8:04 am |
  7. Thomas

    This is a beautiful thing. With the capital gains tax changes Ryan is promoting, Romney actually would have paid 0.87% tax in 2010. Ryan plans to absolutely gut medicaid replacing it with COUPONS for those under 65 but leave it for those currently on it. But here's the thing, if people opt out of this atrocity of a health plan people OVER 65 won't have money going into their plan.

    Romney and Paul are going to gut all social services you don't think you use, while you really do. Slashing education grants, slashing teachers salaries, neutering medicaid, inflating the military, raising taxes on the lower and middle class, reducing the taxes of the rich...

    If you people seriously vote for them, I hope you get everything you deserve and more. In fact, I would prefer giving them control of only the red states for the next four years and see what shambles it brings to those states.

    August 13, 2012 08:27 am at 8:27 am |
  8. Gotta Be Kiddin

    This is what I see when I look at this ticket:
    Mitt Romney – Born into wealth, given the best education possible, when he had a chance to go to war for this country he went to France, sat behind a desk for years manipulating companies – many time to the detriment of the employees of those companies, someone who lied about his residency in order to become governor of Mass., I see someone who never really put in a hard day's work and I really don't believe ever had to make the decision of whether to buy groceries, pay the electric or get new shoes for the kids because his paycheck would only take care of one of those things. He has no idea of what it means to be "middle class" and in no way can relate to me or most of America.
    Paul Ryan – A man who has spent his entire adult life in Washington DC, a recipient of a government paycheck and government healthcare, yet wants to deny the rest of America a chance at healthcare. Someone who wants senior citizens to be given a piece of paper to search out their own healthcare – don't know about you but I don't see that working too well for my grandmother. He says he wants to reduce the deficit but voted for every spending bill that Pres. Bush wanted, voted for the Iraq war, etc – look up his record. But now all of a sudden he is a deficit hawk! Don't believe it people. And as far as his winning a democratic district in Wisconsin – look at the district (which has been redrawn to majority republican). After his "budget" came out people in his district went ballistic and he had some very heated town hall meetings.

    August 13, 2012 08:28 am at 8:28 am |
  9. w l jones

    Some of these canidate should been around in late thirty and early forty and see what the old as well poor went through just to suvivle one day at a time. Same on some of these people ..may be nothing can can. Bless.

    August 13, 2012 08:37 am at 8:37 am |
  10. Anonymous

    Actually, CNN, the Ryan Budget plan is to gut medicare and turn it into a $2,000 a year (tops) voucher program to purchase private insurance. One assumes the goal will be to eventually turn the $2,000 voucher into a "tax credit only" wherein only the rich will be able to afford to pay the private insurers the annual fees.

    August 13, 2012 09:00 am at 9:00 am |
  11. ObamaCares

    It's funny how some people talk about how President Obama ran up the deficit, but they forget that their forefathers are really the ones who allowed America to love on a "credit card." The people who voted for rMoney are foolish and they're the ones who will cut off their nose to spite their face. Ryan and rMoney are terrorists!!!!

    August 13, 2012 09:04 am at 9:04 am |
  12. American People

    The GOP solution: Turn all the Old, Sick, Poor, Non-white, Non-christian, Unemployed, and Gay people into slaves. Then whip them until they are Young, Healthy, Rich, White, Christian, Employed, and Straight. Or until they are dead. Then turn them into Soylent Green to feed the military.

    August 13, 2012 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  13. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    These candidate, by their actions and words, show that they are focused on letting the wealth get wealthier. They don't understand that removing regulations makes the playing field unequal. They either don't care or don't understand that not everyone is playing by the same set of rules.

    August 13, 2012 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  14. GI Joe

    They need to be reasonably overhauled - not put in a toilet and flushed like Vulcher/Voucher want to do.

    August 13, 2012 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  15. Lynda/Minnesota

    "Ryan, currently a House Republican and picked this weekend to be Romney's running mate, wants to turn Medicaid and food stamps into block grants and make recipients work for certain benefits, according to his budget proposal unveiled in March."

    Good. Because now Americans – all Americans – are going to get a much needed dose of Evangelical reality. We are going to see just where our Christian right wing extremists want to take this country, and how they plan on getting us there. Of course, Republicans living in GOPerville and receiving these benefits will have to admit they are actually receiving government assistance - which in itself is unlikely - because so far the conversation has never been about them and all those government assistance programs they receive. It's always been about those "other" people. But they will come to understand that the God Evangelical extremists worship isn't the God of the Bible, nor are they truly following Christ. Quite the contrary actually.

    Good wake up call for all of America. We'll see who wins ... the regular folk or the millionaires and billionaires.

    August 13, 2012 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  16. sayer

    Romney and Ryan will ensure that government of the rich, by the rich, and for the rich shall not perish from the earth. They can KMA.

    August 13, 2012 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  17. george of the jungle

    what a joke both standing on the battle ship. If either of them had to be in the military they would poop their pants. Romney got 3 dercerments.To bush making money that he keeps off shore. Show us your taxes Mitt. You too paul Surprized romney camp even asked you for any returns. Mitt is acting like a giddy kid around ryan. Wonder who is in charge. Really bad when paul seems more presidental than mittens. Mitt walks like he has something up his but could it be his head? watch him looks sneeky and timid what a pair boy they should just about wipe out the middle classd and elderly not to mention killing womens rights, Evan the nuns are not happy with little paulie. Forward 2012

    August 13, 2012 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  18. Namejkane fl SEND THE THREE TIME LOSER romney HOME AND MAKE IT FOUR.

    Would you trust romney the tax cheat ,and Ryan the teaparty freak with you and your families healthcare and let them and their cronies on wall st. Get their hands on
    Your trillions dallar trust fund .why do you think the crooks on wall street are giving millions of dallars to the Gop !!! Soc sec fund in danger from Gop crooks !!!!

    August 13, 2012 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  19. enuff

    Wait a minute... didn't they just condemn Obama for what they claim are for some of the same things? Wouldn't this be giving states choices for what they would do with the "block" money?

    August 13, 2012 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  20. Sean From Atlanta

    Funny how all the republicans who are out there screaming and hollaring about cutting EVERYTHING and reducing the size of government and government is the problem, all of them WORK FOR THE GOVERNMENT.

    August 13, 2012 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  21. mtseng

    can't blame the guy for being born into a wealthy family. we need a president that have balls to overhaul ineffective programs instead of a president that just want to get re-elected. Race card wont work this time. Not overhauling theses programs is a real attack to the middle class. I don't care about who romney or ryan or obama is, i care about the direction america is headed and whether i will see my social security retirement benefits that i paid for when i retire.

    August 13, 2012 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  22. Ancient Texan

    Thomas- Just so you'll know....Obamacare has ALREADY gutted Medicare! It's a gone program with the $500 billion theft from it and cutting Doctor's pay so much they are refusing to accept Medicare patients. We oldsters are not fooled by the Liberal talking points!

    August 13, 2012 10:45 am at 10:45 am |