AARP boos VP hopeful Ryan when he vows to repeal ACA
Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan was booed as he told an AARP audience that the first step to ensuring a strong Medicare program is to repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Weeks before the Nov. 6 elections, President Barack Obama and Rep. Ryan (R-Wis.) sought the senior vote when they laid out their respective positions on Medicare and Social Security to the advocacy group, meeting in New Orleans for its annual convention. Ryan said his plan— which would let seniors choose between traditional fee-for-service Medicare and a list of private health plans—dates back to the Clinton administration and has support among Democrats. The House Budget Committee chairman also talked about the Independent Payment Advisory Board, a 15-member panel that the ACA established to control Medicare cost growth. “We propose to put 50 million seniors, not 15 bureaucrats, in charge of their own decisions,” Ryan said. “Our plan empowers seniors.” Obama, meanwhile, touted the ACA and dismissed Ryan’s plan for Medicare reform. “No American should ever spend their golden years at the mercy of insurance companies,” the president said via satellite. “They should retire with the care and dignity they have earned.” Obama said Mitt Romney and Ryan’s plan “replaces guaranteed Medicare benefits with a voucher plan that wouldn’t keep pace with costs.”
Ryan’s call to repeal the ACA drew boos from AARP members.