Ryan addresses Medicare criticisms, mom campaigns Saturday
August 16th, 2012
04:30 PM ET
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Ryan addresses Medicare criticisms, mom campaigns Saturday

Warren, Ohio (CNN) – Saturday Paul Ryan will bring out his designated hitter on Medicare: Mom.

Defending his reform proposals in a Sunday interview, the newly minted VP candidate noted the concerns seniors may have about change to the government program by saying his own mother is on Medicare and lives in the battleground state of Florida.

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This Saturday Ryan's mother will join him on the stump in The Villages, Florida, according to Ryan traveling press secretary Michael Steel.

Meanwhile, at a campaign rally in North Canton, Ohio, Ryan continued to hit President Barack Obama about his changes to Medicare and later he addressed the concerns about his own plan in Warren.

Ryan made his comments Sunday in a joint interview with Mitt Romney on CBS's "60 Minutes," a day after he was announced as Romney's running mate.

"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."

While Ryan has accused the president of "raiding" Medicare to pay for Obamacare, in Thursday's remarks he also addressed critics who claim his budget blueprints include the same cuts.

The House Budget Committee chairman tried to explain that the budget he helped write had to include a baseline for Obama's health care law. He said Thursday he voted to repeal Obamacare and made the point, "we would never have done it in the first place."

"First of all, those are in the baseline, [Obama] put those cuts in. Second of all, we voted to repeal Obamacare repeatedly, including those cuts. I voted that way before the budget, I voted that way after the budget. So when you repeal all of Obamacare what you end up doing is that repeals that as well," Ryan said to a reporter who asked him to respond to the criticism over lunch at The Original Hot Dog Shoppe.

Ryan continued, "In our budget we've restored a lot of that. It gets a little wonky but it was already in the baseline. We would never have done it in the first place. We voted to repeal the whole bill. I just don't think the president's going to be able to get out of the fact that he took $716 billion from Medicare to pay for Obamacare."

Obama and his re-election team have aggressively gone after Ryan since he joined the Republican ticket five days ago.

"Congressman Ryan knows that the $716 billion in Medicare savings that he included in two of his own budgets do not cut a single guaranteed Medicare benefit. It's a shame that someone picked for his 'strong beliefs' is now abandoning them just to help Mr. Romney score a political point," Obama campaign spokesman Danny Kanner said in a statement.

Ryan said he welcomes the conversation between parties. He repeated a line from Wednesday in his North Canton remarks, "This is a debate we want to have, this is a debate we need to have. This is a debate we're going to win."

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soundoff (59 Responses)
  1. Marie MD

    Really, your mom is a medicare senior? I take it you want her dead just like the rest of the seniors who won't have medical coverage if your plan (which your rethug frineds and even your church are against).
    Then again . . . . . you are worth $4M just as of this morning so if mommy needs medical care of medicines or a place to life her little altar boy can help her out.
    Just as noto every student can ask their parents for $10K I am pretty sure than most families don't have kind of money to be able to help out their parents either as they age.

    August 16, 2012 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  2. Four and The Door

    Larry L
    ... The Ryan plan will pass on cost overruns to the consumer – so the rich will get great health care and everybody else will get left-overs.
    Don't be afraid, Larry L. Change can be good! Especially when we are just watching Medicare funding on it's way into the side of a wall. But that's okay for Obama. It doesn't go broke until his term is up. He can't think that far ahead and he's got people like you that don't ask him to.

    But here's the part that should totally remove your fear. Choose the existing system under Ryan's Plan and you get to keep it. Of course, whether your health care is lousy or wonderful they get paid the same, but you can continue to choose this system if you prefer. After all, apparently you don't worry any more than Obama does about the quality of care, do you?

    August 16, 2012 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  3. Lynda/Minnesota


    I should clarify my comment. The only choice Americans will have is how much they pay for their private health insurance premiums out of pocket. Privatization of Medicare is just that ... privatizing it. Which is exactly the intent of Ryan's budget and future plans. It eliminates Medicare. Don't fall into the "Seniors will be able to choose fantasy" of RomneyLies. The funding will be taken little by little (indeed they will already lose many benefits under the Ryan plan immediately) from the Seniors Medicare as they know it and be redistributed to the voucher program in a effort to push our Seniors over to the voucher system. To think otherwise would be foolish and a real slap in the face to our elderly.

    August 16, 2012 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  4. John

    It Really bad when you have to bring out your Mother to LIE for you. Paul Ryan your plan Is a Bunch of Crap and your Mother ISN'T GOING TO CHANGE any thing ,It will till be a bunch of Crap.

    August 16, 2012 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  5. Sandy

    Democrats need to do an ad where some seniors remind other seniors that they had no decrease in benefits and remind them that it was Obama that closed the donut hole and helped with the cost of their presciptions. Not sure how Romney's lie will work when seniors know they haven't lost any benefits.

    August 16, 2012 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  6. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    The question is about his proposal for those that aren't currently on Medicare. What happens when there is no way to get an affordable health insurance policy? Do you get the money that would be voucher or is it not given since you have no health insurance?

    August 16, 2012 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  7. fullclarity

    You really can't explain it, can you , Paul?

    August 16, 2012 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  8. ron

    LOL. Republicans are so silly. At some point they are going to pull their heads out of .....the sand....and see that Romney Hood and Ryan are lying to them. Ryan took stimulus money, but lies about it. C'mon man. Willard works at bain, but lies about it. Oh, wait, they both would like to change those facts....retroactively. LOL. MAKE THEM TELL YOU THE TRUTH??

    August 16, 2012 09:48 pm at 9:48 pm |
  9. Jerryz7936

    The Ryan Medicare plan absolutely will affect people currently on Medicare. If you implement the Ryan/Romney plan, Medicare risk pool will stop growing and start shrinking, you do damage to how Medicare works. First, you increase the risk in the pool and drive up cost by stopping younger healthier seniors from entering the plan. Second, as the pool shrinks Medicare, It loses power to dictate reimbursement rates. Doctors will begin to drop Medicare patients because not only will the volume of patients no longer justify the low reimbursement rates, but those left in the pool will be older, sicker and more expensive to treat. The program that they say will be in place will not only become much more expensive to maintain then projected, but it will collapse on itself.

    Beware current Seniors, you’re being lied to by Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan.

    End Medicare for All

    August 16, 2012 11:16 pm at 11:16 pm |
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