By Javier ManjarresThe Villages, Florida– Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan clearly articulated his and Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney’s Medicare plan and highlighted the fact that ‘Obamacare’ when fully implemented would gut Medicare by $716 billion over the next 10 years.
Ryan, who campaigned with his mom to help rev up those in attendance, reaffirmed to the crowd of about six thousand people that for anyone 55 years old and older, their Medicare benefits were safe. Under the Romney plan, anyone currently under 55 years old will have the option of continuing with the existing Medicare plan or be able to opt out for a voucher driven alternative that gives those individuals the option to shop around for medical insurance coverage.
In much the same manner that Florida Senator Marco Rubio does on the stump, Ryan referenced the fact that his mother was living off Medicare and that the program needs to be preserved for future generations.
Prior to Ryan and his mother’s arrival, a yellow single-engine propeller plane circled overhead with a banner that read “Paul Ryan – KEEP YOU HANDS OFF OUR MEDICARE.” (See -Video)
The plane didn’t attract much attention, and there was also a group of about 30 protesters who marched around the grounds carrying signs that demonized the 42-year old VP pick as the ‘Great Satan’ who wants to end Medicare.
Anyone of the attendees you spoke to railed against Obama’s Medicare should not be used as a piggy bank for Obamacare, Medicare should be the promise that it made to our current seniors, period, end of story. We will end the raid of Medicare, we will restore the promise of this program, and we will make sure that this board of bureaucrats will not mess with my moms healthcare, or your mom’s healthcare. – Congressman Paul Ryan
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