Democracy Now: Ryan: GOP Ticket Welcomes Debate on Medicare


Republican vice-presidential nominee Paul Ryan addressed supporters in Colorado Thursday ahead of President Obama’s acceptance speech. Ryan said the Republican ticket would welcome a debate over Medicare, despite Ryan’s own support for turning it into a voucher program.

Rep. Paul Ryan: “You see, President Obama can give great speeches. He can blame other people in the past. But he can’t tell you we are better off as a nation. They — I love this debate about Medicare. By the way, this debate about Medicare is a debate we want. It’s a debate we’re going to have, and it’s a debate we’re going to win about Medicare.”

Ryan also repeated the contentious claim that Obama would cut $716 billion from Medicare, and vowed a repeal of the president’s healthcare law if Republicans win in November.

Rep. Paul Ryan: “And when we talk about the fact that the president took $716 billion out of Medicare to fund Obamacare, don’t take my word for it. Take the word from the Medicare chief actuary, from the Congressional Budget Office, or from arithmetic. You can’t spend the same dollar twice. Either this money comes and helps Medicare, or it goes to pay for Obamacare, but not both. And, you see, when we repeal and replace Obamacare, we stop the raid of Medicare. And that’s what we’re going to do. We’re going to repeal and replace Obamacare.”

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~ by wheresthemic on September 7, 2012.

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