Video: Slaughter Diverts Rules Cmte Meeting on HCR into an Attack on Ryan's Roadmap
1:08 PM, Mar 20, 2010 • By JOHN MCCORMACK
During today's House Rules Committee meeting on the health care, Chairwoman Louise Slaughter diverted discussion of the health care bill into an attack on Paul Ryan's roadmap.
Slaughter repeatedly interrupted Ryan and said his plan would end Medicare. Ryan told Slaughter it was obvious why "you want to talk about someone else's bill than your own." After Ryan explained that individuals now under 55, when they become Medicare-eligible, would be able to purchase their own Medicare with a check from the government, Slaughter replied, "I think that verges on cruelty."
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"I can tell you don't understand it accurately," Ryan said of his plan at one point during the tense exchange. Democrats Henry Waxman, Xavier Becerra, and Sander Levin all piled on Ryan too.