Ryan Speaks About Repealing Obamacare and Reforming Medicare to Seniors
5:39 PM, Sep 21, 2012 • By JEFFREY H. ANDERSON
Addressing the audience at an AARP convention today, Paul Ryan declared, "The first step to a stronger Medicare is to repeal Obamacare." He explained to those in attendance how Obamacare would turn "Medicare into a piggy bank," while also putting "15 unelected bureaucrats in charge of Medicare’s future." Ryan added, "The president doesn’t talk much about what Obamacare will really mean for seniors." Why? "People don’t like it."
AP / Ryan J. Foley
Indeed, the latest polling from Rasmussen Reports shows that seniors favor the repeal of Obamacare by a margin of 22 percentage points -- 59 to 37 percent. They'd probably favor repeal by even more if they were to find out about Obama's Senior Swindle, his cynical and likely illegal ploy to conceal the effects of Obamacare's Medicare Advantage cuts from seniors until after the election.
Ryan also talked about the Romney-Ryan plan to reform Medicare for future (but not current) generations of seniors. These reforms would infuse Medicare with much-needed competition and choice, giving future beneficiaries more opportunity and incentive to shop for value among a variety of competing heath plans—much like current seniors shop for value in the popular Medicare Part D program (the program for prescription drugs). Medicare Part D costs have come in 40 percent below projections.
Here's the full text of Ryan's remarks, as prepared for delivery: