Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Losing Medicare Under Romney-Ryan

* Republican Rep. Paul Ryan, Mitt Romney's running mate, spoke in Oxford, Ohio, today.  Here is what Paul Ryan had to say, according to APnews/Myway:

Facing what is emerging as a defining issue, Mitt Romney running mate Paul Ryan on Wednesday invited debate over his controversial proposal to overhaul Medicare and predicted the GOP would win the argument.

"We want this debate. We need this debate. And we will win this debate," Ryan told hundreds of supporters gathered on the campus of his alma mater, Ohio's Miami University....

 Really?  Paul Ryan thinks that he and Romney will win this debate to throw out Medicare?  Really? First, they have to get elected or the Republicans have to be able to have majorities in both the House and the Senate.  Are Americans willing to gamble on losing Medicare?  Are you willing  to create a disaster for your parents and yourselves by voting for candidates that will destroy Medicare?  Can you imagine the worries, emotional upset, anxiety, and mental anguish you and your family could face without Medicare? Do your parents have enough money to cover a critical medical issue? 

Why would you vote for someone that would hurt your family?   Why would you vote for Romney and Ryan knowing what they intend to do?

>>  The Seattle Times explains what the Paul Ryan budget would do to Medicare:

...Ryan would shift Medicare from a system in which everyone gets the same set of benefits, paid for by tax funds, to one in which the government would give each senior citizen a fixed amount of money....
When the cost of insurance goes up, seniors would have to come up with their own money, to fill in the gap. 
> Wendell Potter author of "Deadly Spin" and former Cigna executive, was on the Last Word, with Lawrence O'Donnell on MSNBC-TV.  Mr. Potter said that Romney and Ryan aren't telling people what they lose under their plan.  People will have to pay more out of their own pocket, but it will be paid to private insurance companies.   
Rep. Chris Van Hollen, also a guest on the program, said that under the Romney Ryan plan, seniors will lose benefits -immediately.