Paul Ryan to seniors: Obamacare threatens Medicare
September 21st, 2012
05:00 AM ET
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Paul Ryan to seniors: Obamacare threatens Medicare

Washington (CNN) – In a speech to seniors on Friday, Republican vice presidential candidate Rep. Paul Ryan will warn them about the threat of Obamacare when he appears at the AARP conference after President Barack Obama addresses the group via satellite.

Mitt Romney’s running mate will speak at the AARP Life@50+ conference, held in New Orleans, at 12:30 p.m. ET. President Barack Obama is scheduled to speak live, via satellite, at 11:45 a.m. ET. Members of AARP – a nonprofit organization and a powerful lobbying group that boasts of having more than 37 million members – were encouraged to submit questions to the nominees on their website.

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As both campaigns make the case for ensuring long-term solvency of Medicare and Social Security, Ryan is expected to talk about “years of empty promises by both political parties.”

He will explain why they want to get rid of Obamacare by accusing the president of cutting the entitlement program to pay for the health care law, officially named The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

"The first step to a stronger Medicare is to repeal Obamacare, because it represents the worst of both worlds. It weakens Medicare for today’s seniors and puts it at risk for the next generation,” according to Ryan’s prepared remarks. “First, it funnels $716 billion out of Medicare to pay for a new entitlement we didn’t even ask for. Second, it puts 15 unelected bureaucrats in charge of Medicare’s future."

The unelected bureaucrats he refers to are part of the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB) that has been charged with meeting a budget target in Medicare. Established under Obamacare, IPAB has the authority to make changes to the entitlement program, which previously would have required an act of Congress to take effect.

As Romney often does, Ryan is expected to take a swipe at the Democratic incumbent’s reelection slogan. The released excerpts include, “But you know President Obama’s slogan, right? Forward. Forward into a future where seniors are denied the care they earned because a bureaucrat decided it wasn’t worth the money.”

Since the presumptive Republican nominee announced the seven-term congressman as his running mate, Medicare has become a much-battled-about issue on the campaign trail.

The Obama campaign and fellow Democrats instantly attacked Ryan over the budget plan that he introduced in the House, terming it a "radical plan" that would benefit the rich at the detriment to the middle-class, and they highlighted his proposals to alter Medicare, which they said would "end Medicare as we know it."

The president and his re-election campaign have pushed back against the GOP attacks. They aired a television commercial in key battleground states that rebuts the Romney-Ryan charges with a narrator in the spot that said, “the non-partisan AARP says Obamacare ‘cracks down on Medicare fraud, waste, and abuse,’ and strengthens guaranteed benefits.”

And the commercial criticizes the Ryan proposals on Medicare, with the announcer adding that "AARP says it would undermine Medicare and could lead to higher costs for seniors. And experts say Ryan's voucher plan could raise future retirees’ costs more than $6,000."

On Thursday, one day before Ryan’s address to seniors at the AARP convention and prior to campaign stops in Florida Friday and Saturday, the Romney campaign released a television ad about Medicare reform starring Florida Sen. Marco Rubio.

Like Rubio mentioned his mother in the ad Ryan has also turned to his mother to help convey the message that they intend to fix the program but have vowed it will not change it for current seniors.

His mother, Betty Douglas, a retiree who lives part-time in Florida, first appeared with Ryan last month at a speech at The Villages, and she is expected to accompany her son to New Orleans.

"Whenever I think about the challenges we’re facing, I think of my Mom. Whether it’s the mid-career worker who has to start over, the senior who relies on Medicare today, or the grandparent who wants to make sure her grandkids inherit a stronger America, she is my inspiration,” Ryan will say of his mother, who started an interior decoration business and went to school at the University of Wisconsin.

“Because I had such a strong example in my own life, I have an unshakeable belief in the resilience, wisdom and ability of the American people to solve these problems.”

–CNN's Paul Steinhauser and Gregory Wallace contributed to this report.


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soundoff (138 Responses)
  1. Dan Silvester

    Is there a doctor in the house? Mr Ryan's choking on his own words.

    September 21, 2012 06:53 am at 6:53 am |
  2. johnmenacherjr

    WOW another load of lies. Being from Wisconsin I love how no one in the National arena even knows this jerk. He is not poor was not brought up poor and went through college in another state on the dole – yes on social security. He got his and the lawyer family he is from. Having it his way we will not have ANY Medicare Or Social Security. Even if you paid into your entire life they are going to PRIVATiZE IT! do you people not understand. And given the recession and 2 wars unpaid for he helped championed this ,SS monies will go to those wonderful Black Holes which are Wall Street. Wake up and smell the tea it reeks of monday morning urine and it lies.

    September 21, 2012 06:54 am at 6:54 am |
  3. yuhmad

    Ryan is a big fat liar that want to die out Romney arrogant comments. Romney & Ryan are two big fat liars that should never be elected.

    September 21, 2012 06:55 am at 6:55 am |
  4. bacalove

    Is that why Nuns on a Bus are touring the U.S., warning of Paul Ryan's intentions on making Medicare a Voucher System! Their (GOP) empty rheteroic of words designed to mislead & deceive and hide the truth is treasonous. There should be Federal laws to protect electeroate from this type of vitimization. If they are serious about debt, let them begin with getting rid of Wealthcare, billion dollar subsidies of the people's money to Big Oil & Sugar Farmers. Stop raping the people to give money – redistribute money to the already rich!

    September 21, 2012 07:00 am at 7:00 am |
  5. bacalove

    Is that why Nuns on a Bus are going around the U.S. warning of the dangers of Paul Ryan's intentions to make Medicare a Voucher System? Their (GOP) empty rheteroic of words designed to mislead & deceive and hide the truth is treasonous. There should be Federal laws to protect electeroate from this type of vitimization. If they are serious about debt, let them begin with getting rid of Wealthcare, billion dollar subsidies of the people's money to Big Oil & Sugar Farmers. Stop raping the people to give money – redistribute money to the already rich!

    September 21, 2012 07:01 am at 7:01 am |
  6. Jack

    I call " Foul" on your statement Mr. Ryan; during the whole Healthcare debate, I didn't hear until the very end any republican ideas on the republican form of Heatlhcare from any of you, not one and this conservative was screaming for it!

    And President Obama, when signing the bill, said it was not perfect and needed work, so what are you going to do to help improve it, because all I hear still hear is that it is no good and don't give me this block grant idea to save money, that was a Nixon trick and the Dixecrats' used as a way of reimposing some Jim Crowe rules in the South again, which caused more Federal regulation and guidelines. The Republican's have put so many loopholes in the bill, for political gain, I don't trust "you" what so ever!

    This conservative agrees with David Frum, the Affordable Health Care is almost the same as Mitt Romeny Healthcare bill in Massachusetts, but on the Federal level.

    If, you ever what this conservative to vote for you again, stand up admit that you didn't participate and you put a number of loopholes in the bill for political gain and then this 65 year old conservative just might think of voting for you again! But for right now you nothing more than political optimist that disgust me!

    September 21, 2012 07:05 am at 7:05 am |
  7. Lauravan

    Funny how the man that's going to eliminate Medicare in favor of vouchers is accusing the President of damaging medicare with Obamacare Health Care initiative.

    September 21, 2012 07:12 am at 7:12 am |
  8. rs1201

    Obamacare will raise Medicare part B from $99 to $247/month. That little detail is not mentioned by either obama or the democrats. So, in conclusion, Obama intends to make seniors on Medicare pay for his Obamacare program. It's not enough that seniors are busy eating dog food to make ends meet...he intends to make it impossible for them to even be able to buy dog food for their meals....

    ROMNEY/RYAN 2012

    September 21, 2012 07:15 am at 7:15 am |
  9. 200 TON HAMMER

    wow ryan you have that backwards you mean romney/ryan are a threat too medicaid/medicare yeah you have whats called type o speech o itis

    September 21, 2012 07:16 am at 7:16 am |
  10. Mr.Aware

    Oh my goodness. Ryan is doubling down on his lies from Tampa. This man can NOT tell the truth:

    Proof? Google this up -

    The Wary Lemming – Fast And Loose With Facts – The Paul Ryan and Mitt Romney Convention Edition

    September 21, 2012 07:17 am at 7:17 am |
  11. tepeters

    The best he can do is still trot out this line that has been shown to be not true. Romney/Ryan does not have a lot left to say. Obamacare extends the life of Medicare because the 716 billion was taken from Medicare Advantage – the subsidy given private insurance companies-which was mismanaged. Ryan must not have listened to Clinton;s speech that he has a lot of brass for making an accusation against Obama that he himself does in his own budget plan.

    September 21, 2012 07:18 am at 7:18 am |
  12. Name J.C.

    Who cares If Ryan bring his mother come here to New Orleans today he's just mad because Obama is winning.Ryan is A Liar he's just mad because Obama used that money to give it to the rich.A mother will do and say for their child.Obama didn't steal any money he used that money to close the donut hole.

    September 21, 2012 07:18 am at 7:18 am |
  13. rs1201

    You people don't publish comments that are critical of the Obama administration. So, please, don't call yourself a "news" website...you're just an extension of the obama reelection team....I'm pretty sure that the comment I just made about the cost of Medicare part B going from $99 to $247/month under obamacare will not be published...its awaiting moderation...give me a break...do you really think that people are that dense!!!

    September 21, 2012 07:18 am at 7:18 am |
  14. Ski one

    This is absurd there is nothing more than what Ryan wants to do than repeal Medicare. Why can't the 2 sides at least stick with their established platforms.

    September 21, 2012 07:28 am at 7:28 am |
  15. jpmichigan

    Obama'a plan of redistribution has begain with medicare., when he took $361 billion to start up Obama-care. I have worked my entire life for well over50 yrs. and have paid in to medicare since the bill became law. I , as well as others, bellieved I was saving, through payroll deduction as is social security, to help me as a senior citizen. Obama taking the money out of medicare is the same as someone unauthorized taking from my saving account. For years the government has taken from social security , promising to pay back, we are still waiting for that, now taking from medicare to redistrubute the money to help pay healthcare for those who refuse to work or buy their own. I also buy extra health care insurance to protect myself, at a high cost. Welfare, Food stamps and mediaide was to help the very poor and disabled, not make it a way of lide for those who only rise from the couch to get their mail. American people are not stupid, they can see that Obama and his administration have developed more dependence on government, then on ones self.

    September 21, 2012 07:28 am at 7:28 am |
  16. Al

    Hint, it's in that 2700 page report in 2009, when you read it you will know, that's why Nancy didn't say want was in it, she knows that the people would have gotten upset and never gone for it. And guess what the more we find out about it the less we like it.

    September 21, 2012 07:29 am at 7:29 am |
  17. PolitiCat

    Ryan's own budget seeks to reduce Medicare spending by $716B. Obama's health care law expands and strengthens Medicare. Ryan is accusing Obama of his own evils, while taking credit for the President's accomplishments. How can people not see this?

    September 21, 2012 07:34 am at 7:34 am |
  18. wgf

    As opposed to the Ryan-Romney plan, which eliminates welfare entirely and replaces it with a highly questionable voucher-care system ? (Ryan/Romney: "Don't vote for them because they might destroy Medicare. Vote for us instead. We will destroy Medicare.")

    What the GOP doesn't understand is that it is not enough to say that something isn't as good as we might like. They have to offer something better. And across board - on tax policy, debt reduction, employment, Medicare, Social Security, foreign policy, women's rights, voting rights, government regulation of business, environmental policy, and just a general willingness to cooperate in order to move this country forward - they simply do not offer a better alternative.

    Significant action would have been taken on debt reduction if the GOP had simply been willing to agree to tax increases on the top tax bracket (of which I am sometimes one) - back to the Clinton era rates. The same is true with Job legislation. The real problem is that the GOP insists on getting 100% of its way. Collectively, it has demonstrated the emotional maturity and temperment of a spoiled four year old. To vote for the GOP is to reinforce this behavior.

    Yes, we would like to get to where we want to be faster than we have been. But the GOP alternative is to stop and take a new road that leads us back to where we came - back to the travesty brought to us by the Bush era.

    September 21, 2012 07:38 am at 7:38 am |
  19. Rush

    .....and Ryan would end it as we know it. Hmmmmm

    September 21, 2012 07:39 am at 7:39 am |
  20. Candy Taylor

    Wow! Really? Isn't this the guy that wants to give seniors vouchers and phase out medicare entirely for those over 55? Is there any limit to how dumb these guys think Americans are?

    September 21, 2012 07:39 am at 7:39 am |
  21. Thomas

    Ryan as protector of the elderly now here's a new angle.

    September 21, 2012 07:39 am at 7:39 am |
  22. jon

    Paul Lyin Ryan is out to convince seniors his plan is better than Obama's when “the non-partisan AARP says Obamacare ‘cracks down on Medicare fraud, waste, and abuse,’ and strengthens guaranteed benefits.”

    And the commercial criticizes the Ryan proposals on Medicare, with the announcer adding that "AARP says it would undermine Medicare and could lead to higher costs for seniors. And experts say Ryan's voucher plan could raise future retirees’ costs more than $6,000."bama's when AARP has already done the math for you.

    September 21, 2012 07:40 am at 7:40 am |
  23. wgf

    As opposed to the Ryan-Romney plan, which eliminates Medicare entirely and replaces it with a highly questionable voucher-care system ? (Ryan/Romney: "Don't vote for them because they might destroy Medicare. Vote for us instead. We will destroy Medicare.")

    What the GOP doesn't understand is that it is not enough to say that something isn't as good as we might like. They have to offer something better. And across board – on tax policy, debt reduction, employment, Medicare, Social Security, foreign policy, women's rights, voting rights, government regulation of business, environmental policy, and just a general willingness to cooperate in order to move this country forward – they simply do not offer a better alternative.

    Significant action would have been taken on debt reduction if the GOP had simply been willing to agree to tax increases on the top tax bracket (of which I am sometimes one) – back to the Clinton era rates. The same is true with Job legislation. The real problem is that the GOP insists on getting 100% of its way. Collectively, it has demonstrated the emotional maturity and temperment of a spoiled four year old. To vote for the GOP is to reinforce this behavior.

    Yes, we would like to get to where we want to be faster than we have been. But the GOP alternative is to stop and take a new road that leads us back to where we came – back to the travesty brought to us by the Bush era.

    September 21, 2012 07:43 am at 7:43 am |
  24. Republicans Are The American Taliban

    Lies...hate...fear...the Republican tactic in full force.

    September 21, 2012 07:43 am at 7:43 am |
  25. kbob365

    Ryan, ramping up the lies as the wheels come off the bus...

    September 21, 2012 07:43 am at 7:43 am |
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