Democrats hit Ryan Medicare proposals as Romney heads to Florida
August 13th, 2012
08:04 AM ET
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Democrats hit Ryan Medicare proposals as Romney heads to Florida

(CNN) – Democrats followed through on a pledge Monday to peg presumptive GOP nominee Mitt Romney to the budget plan advanced by his running mate Paul Ryan, releasing web video calling the House Budget chairman's proposals to change Medicare an assault on the middle class.

President Barack Obama's campaign released a spot focusing on Florida residents, who say in the video that Ryan's proposed voucher system for Medicare would amount to ending the health care system designed for senior citizens. Romney campaigns in Florida on Monday while Ryan attends the Iowa State Fair.

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"I heard that there were cuts across the board on social programs," one woman says in the spot.

"Medicare is going to be a boon for senior citizens who would otherwise choose between food and going to the doctor," says another.

Ryan's proposals, first introduced in 2011, include the provision that Medicare-approved private insurers would one day compete with traditional Medicare on an exchange. The proposal would not affect Americans over age 55. The plan's opponents say that would increase the financial burden on senior citizens.

Ryan, a seven term congressman from Wisconsin, said Sunday the intention of his plan is to remake Medicare so that it remains financially soluble for future generations.

"My mom is a Medicare senior in Florida," he said on CBS. "Our point is we need to preserve their benefits, because government made promises to them that they've organized their retirements around."

"In order to make sure we can do that, you must reform it for those of us who are younger," he continued. "And we think these reforms are good reforms that have bipartisan origins."

On Sunday, Romney campaign aide Brendan Buck said Ryan would campaign in central Florida next weekend, a rebuff to critics who said the vice presidential candidate was skipping Romney's stops in Florida this week to avoid questions about his Medicare proposals from senior citizens there.

All the same, Romney surrogates on Sunday were quick to point out that Romney's name was at the top of the GOP ticket, and that he would advance his own economic proposals if elected president.

"It is the Romney-Ryan ticket, and as president, Romney will be putting forth his own budget," Senior Romney campaign adviser Ed Gillespie said on CNN's "State of the Union."

Democrats, however, have been eager include Romney when discussing Ryan's budget plan.

"I don't think it's a solid message at all. Especially for independents and obviously seniors in Florida," Rep. Chris Van Hollen of Maryland, the ranking member of the House Budget Committee that Ryan chairs, said on CNN's "Starting Point with Soledad O'Brien"

"The Ryan plan, the Romney plan, simply transfers the growing risks and costs on to seniors and in the process, it gives seniors a much worse deal on health care than members of Congress have," Van Hollen continued. "So you're going to be saying to folks on Medicare, 'Members of Congress get a lot more health care security in the plan they have than we're going to give to seniors on Medicare.'"

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Filed under: Florida • Medicare • Mitt Romney • Paul Ryan • President Obama
soundoff (38 Responses)
  1. No-surprise

    Democtates known for their Chicago style thuggery attacks. No surprise they will try to scare my fellow Senior citizens and neighbors here in Florida.

    Romney / Ryan 2012 – America has hope.

    August 13, 2012 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  2. Etch-A-Sketch Mitt RobMe Hood Out-sourcing-Jobs Outsourcing-his-Money and Outsourcing America

    I would rather vote for the guy who killed Osama Bin Laden than the guy who wants to kill grandma!!!

    August 13, 2012 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  3. Ron Reagan

    I see the Dem's have their same old tired swan song playing. Vilify those with a plan while you have none. Nice play on protecting Medicare while Obama's great health plan guts 500 billion over 10-years with an additional increase in taxes of approx 500 billion. Nice plan since it will have vouchers to help low income. Trouble is the middle class takes the hit and then subsidizes the vouchers. Once again another socialist policy to redistribute the wealth. And before you screamers go on about taxing the so called rich more to pay for it, the great Obamacare already does that by increasing payments to nearly double incomes above 250,000 for medicare deductible. What Obama is really all about in his attempt to smear Ryan is he is knows his lies won't stand up when Ryan skewers Obama on facts, Something the lefty posters here seem to have very few of.

    August 13, 2012 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  4. Lynda/Minnesota

    "Radical Ideologues, such as Ryan, have never believed in the Medicare-Medicaid, nor Social Security systems to begin with."

    GOPerville 101: Scare folks into thinking the well will run dry in an effort to get their votes. Take it ALL away from them when once they are in office by turning their benefits into "tax credits" only the wealthy can collect. Then blame the other guy.

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

    thank you mitt romney and paul ryan for GARUNTEEING President Obama a second term in the white house and Democrats control of the senate and retaking the house. Thank you so very much.

    August 13, 2012 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  6. Sniffit

    Mittens is already distancing himself from Ryan's Pathology of Plutocracy budget plan and its Couponcare Crapshoot that repeals and replaces Medicare. The same day he announced Ryan, Mittens refused to say he'd support that and would be engineering his own budget proposal. It's just more DOUBLETHINK....just like their nonsense claiming Obama cut $500B from Medicare. Guess what? The Pathology of Plutocracy budget plan incoporates the EXACT SAME BUDGET SAVINGS AND CUTS TO MEDICARE AS THE ACA in that regard, so their attacks on the $500B in "Obamacare" are 100% hypocrisy. Enough is enough. The MSM needs to start calling these things out instead of pretending they are legitimate points of discussion. All it does is misinform and distract for the MSM to play he-said-she-said on such things.

    August 13, 2012 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  7. aCriticalEye

    Since Rep Paul Ryan has taken an Oath to Grover Norquist and has disregarded his oath of office, can he be trusted as a VP. He signed his soul over to the devil (Money & Big Business) and he expects us to trust him.

    OBAMA in '12

    August 13, 2012 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  8. Karrie

    I find it amusing that Romney takes Ryan on his bus tour, but doesn't take him to Florida with him. I guess there's too many seniors down there to take the Medicare reformer with him.

    August 13, 2012 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  9. Al-NY,NY

    Ryan will not even deliver HIS home state in the general election. At least we do know which one that is. With FLip.. is it MI, MA, planet Kolob?

    August 13, 2012 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  10. Ancient Texan

    Reform of Medicare is the ONLY hope we Senior Citizens have! We were forced into the program and had deductions taken from our paychecks and then Premiums taken from our Social Security checks for this time of our lives. The program is destined for bankruptcy and that day is hastened by the theft of over a half of a trillion dollars diverted to Obamacare. The program must be revamped to survive and to let we Seniors survive.

    August 13, 2012 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  11. Four and The Door

    I find it amusing that Romney takes Ryan on his bus tour, but doesn't take him to Florida with him. I guess there's too many seniors down there to take the Medicare reformer with him.
    Seniors know better than anyone what a disaster it will be when Medicare goes broke in 2022 under the current plan. They know it will take someone who actually cares about seniors to step up and keep that from happening. But that will not be Obama. The politics are more important to him than working for people who will rely on Medicare surviving.

    August 13, 2012 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  12. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    In Florida it is surprising the number of white haired people who have "End Socialism Now!" bumper stickers. I think they no longer need their safety net.

    August 13, 2012 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  13. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Maybe Mittens will get run out of "the villages" in Florida, by the golf car crowd.

    August 13, 2012 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
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