2012-09-21 16:47:00

Paul Ryan Booed At AARP Convention For Medicare Proposals

Paul Ryan was booed at the AARP Annual Convention in New Orleans as he told retirees and others in the audience that he wanted to repeal Obamacare and turn Medicare into a system where individuals would receive vouchers from the government that could be used toward monthly healthcare costs.

According to The Los Angeles Times, Ryan began his address by saying how a Romney-Ryan administration would seek to repeal the Affordable Care Act. The LAT said:

"Just five minutes into his talk at the gathering of the powerful 50-and-older lobby on Friday, the architect of the Republican proposal to change Medicare for the next generation of seniors was repeatedly interrupted as he criticized President Obama’s healthcare law.

"The first step to a stronger Medicare is to repeal Obamacare, because it represents the worst of both worlds," Ryan said as the crowd in New Orleans booed audibly. "I had a feeling there'd be mixed reaction," Ryan acknowledged, pausing briefly. "So let me get into it."

The audience response turned even colder when Ryan launched into his proposal. The Christian Science Monitor wrote:

"Using terminology that critics say is exaggerated, Ryan said Medicare is "going bankrupt." He accused Mr. Obama of offering no plan for how to cope with projected financial shortfalls, other than calling on unelected bureaucrats to impose cost cuts. Ryan was referring to the Independent Payment Advisory Board, set up in the president's 2010 health-care reform law, the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

"We propose putting 50 million seniors ... in charge of their own health-care decisions," Ryan said in his speech."

The LAT also noted that Ryan's assertions were not entirely accurate. It said:

"Republicans say health costs would be driven down by forcing competition among insurers offering policies, but critics say there is no guarantee the voucher from the government -- or premium support -- would be worth enough for seniors who still want to opt for Medicare.

"Nonpartisan analysts say seniors could pay as much as $2,000 a year out of pocket to make up the difference. The Republican proposal requires that the stipend be set at the lowest-priced insurance policy, which may not be Medicare."

President Obama addressed the audience by a video link earlier in the day.

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