AARP boos VP hope­ful Ryan when he vows to re­peal ACA

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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.”

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Ryan’s call to re­peal the ACA drew boos from AARP mem­bers.

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