Paul Ryan and his mother explain their commitment to Medicare

From Washington Times.


Paul Ryan, making his first campaign appearance in Florida since becoming Mitt Romney’s running mate a week ago, told a supportive crowd of senior citizens Saturday that President Obama is raidingMedicare to fund his health care reforms.

“One out of six of our hospitals and our nursing homes will go out of business,” as a result of the changes to Medicare under the president’s signature legislative accomplishment, the Affordable Care Act, Mr. Ryansaid in an event at The Villages, the sprawling retirement community near Orlando.

Appearing on stage with his mother, 78-year-old Betty Ryan Douglas, the Republican vice-presidential candidate said he and Mr. Romneywould protect Medicare benefits for the current generation of retirees and save the entitlement program for the future.

“She is why I am here. She and her grandchildren — that’s why I’m here,” he said. “It’s what my mom relies on.

“Medicare will not be used as a piggy bank for Obamacare,” Mr. Ryan said.

The 42-year-old Wisconsin congressman talked about his mom starting her own business after her husband died when Mr. Ryan was a teen.

“And mom — you did build that,” he said, taking a dig at the president’s earlier remarks on small businesses and drawing cheers from the crowd and a fist pump from his mother, a part-time resident of Florida.

The bottom line is that there will be no changes to Medicare to the coverage of seniors over 55. The program will not be solvent for younger people and that’s why it needs to be reformed for Americans under 55.

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