Ryan Plan Would Save Medicare; Obamacare Will Destroy It

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The Obama campaign has wasted no time trying to scare the elderly with lies that Mitt Romney’s selection of Representative Paul D. Ryan as his running mate signifies Romney’s plan to destroy Medicare.  Obama senior campaign advisor David Axelrod claimed on ABC’s “This Week,” for example, that Medicare would be in “a death spiral under this plan.”  Not content with that scary prognosis, Axelrod doubled down with the bogus assertion that the Ryan budget plan was an “attempt to do away with Medicare” and “a Trojan horse that ultimately will spell its demise.”

That’s interesting, considering President Obama’s own characterization back in January 2011 of the Ryan plan as “an entirely legitimate proposal.” Obama recognized that spending for Medicare, Medicaid and other entitlements were “the major driver of our long-term liabilities” and that the right solution deserved “a healthy debate.”  But the Obama administration has ducked trying to solve this problem completely. In fact, it is making the problem even worse by sweeping over $700 billion from Medicare to pay for Obamacare, which will rob today’s seniors of the choices they now have under the current Medicare program.

“Who is in charge: the government or the patient?” Paul Ryan asked during a speech about health care last September at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University.

Obamacare’s answer is the government — to the detriment of today’s seniors.

Ryan has come up with an alternative market-based plan that prevents Medicare from self-destructing because of out-of-control spending, without substituting government mandates and rationing for the choices that are better left to patients, including seniors, and their doctors.

With their usual demagoguery, however, the Democrats are fraudulently distorting what the Ryan plan for Medicare reform would do now and in the future.  They are maliciously scaring seniors with the downright lie that they will be thrown off the cliff if the Ryan plan is enacted, as one Democratic ad literally shows with a Ryan look-alike pushing poor grandma to her death.

The truth is that seniors now on Medicare, as well as those 55 and older, would not be affected at all by Ryan’s proposed Medicare reforms.  The reforms would only come into play for younger generations, who would have decades to prepare for their retirement. Younger people would still be able to choose Medicare as it is structured today or they could select among private insurance policies, with premium support provided by the federal government.

As Mitt Romney explained during a 60 Minutes interview in which he and Paul Ryan participated:

There’s only one president that I know of in history that robbed Medicare, $716 billion to pay for a new risky program of his own that we call Obamacare.

What Paul Ryan and I have talked about is saving Medicare, is providing people greater choice in Medicare, making sure it’s there for current seniors. No changes, by the way, for current seniors, or those nearing retirement. But looking for young people down the road and saying, “We’re going to give you a bigger choice.” In America, the nature of this country has been giving people more freedom, more choices. That’s how we make Medicare work down the road.

Not only is the Obama administration robbing Medicare to pay for its new Obamacare entitlement, but Obamacare’s Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB) and the regulations being churned out by the Department of Health and Human Services are all about top-down, government mandated health care rationing which will potentially deny seniors the means to pay for life-saving treatments if such treatments are not deemed cost-effective for elderly patients.

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  • Mary B

    This is one senior who likes Ryan's plan and is terrified of Obama's. Let's hope most of us see the truth.

    • Leon Foonman

      Evidently you like the idea of forking out 6500 MORE every year, and then getting COUPONS in return. Sad to see anyone believes the Giant Lies that the GOP is telling.

      I hope you have a lot of money, Honey, cuz Ryan asnd Ronmey are going to make you pay, and pay.

      May I suggest, if you are not illiterate or too lazy, to read the NON-Partison Congresssional Budget Office analysis of the Ryan Budget Plan.

      It’s at : http://cbo.gov/publication/22085

    • jean

      Okay Senior…get ready for your voucher….and when you run out of your voucher funds, you will have to pay out of your own pocket…Why don't you go to the AARP website to get the accurate information…. Better yet, go the the Medicare website…You can also find an unbiased viewpoint. The sad this is that you are reading information from a blogger who is partisan…..WOW!!!!

  • kalaparthy

    Beautiful information, there is certainly great clarity and vision in Ryan. Obama and his team is cunning to the core, they want to have power for the second time even at the cost of elusive and populist promises, causing great damage to the entire USA at large and in particular to the elderly and the social securty in the country.

    • jean

      This is a blogging who wrote this article… I am not an Obama or Romney fan but WOW…are you really that ignorant…Go to the Medicare Website to get the facts…Go to the AARP website….Check out the CBO report!!!! My goodness….You have to wonder why the educational level for Americans are falling rapidly…..

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLNn2YflwNs Roger

    The death panels are so much more easily controlled than healthy retired voters.

    No wonder Obama wants them dealt with.

    • Anon

      There are no death panels you idiot.

    • Bren in VA

      Correct there are no "Death Panels", that group is now renamed! "Dont receive Proper Care to get better"
      Wake up! What happens when one doesnt receive any proper care!
      If ya dont believe me, then read various articles on BBC.com.uk for a few weeks, & SEE just what occurs over there & in Austrlia (sp?) & New Z!

  • Schlomotion

    This is amazing! Apparently, all you have to do is laser print a pamphlet called The Path to Prosperity and you have fixed Medicare! Who knew it was that easy?

    • reader

      You're very impatient lately, trschlo. Giving yourself up yet again. You're supposed to be a "libertarian", not a shill for Obama, remember?

      • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLNn2YflwNs Roger

        Libertarian is such a 'big word'.

    • PaulRevereNow

      Its easier than you think, Schmuck-Nation. Don't fix what isn't broken; and don't make anything up; its called TELLING THE TRUTH.

  • marcia r

    Republicans should have a slogan or sticker:


  • marcia r

    another slogan:
    Obamacare decides—NOT YOUR LIVING WILL

  • Leon Foonman

    GOP clever attempt to mislead voters. What is the truth? The Non partison CBO report is revealing: http://cbo.gov/publication/22085

    • erwin

      Yes, I've read the CBO report and it is revealing, it reveals that what Ryan is saying is exactly what he proposes, no gimmicks and smokes. An honest attempt to find a solution.

  • Concerned Patient

    Beware of the "controlled" or rather "contrived" messaging from the Obama White House. They are now trying to call these massive Medicare cuts in Obamacare " savings" Ha ! More Obama Lies. Thousands of Seniors will be impacted by severe cuts to MEdicare Advantage in ObamaCare. Cuts to providers will affect access for Seniors.

  • http://weroinnm.wordpress.com/ weroinnm

    Letter To NM U.S. Senator Udall Regarding Vice Presidential Candidate Paul Ryan!
    “Food For Thought”

    Semper Fi!