The announcement of Mitt Romney’s running-mate, Congressman Paul Ryan, caused a firestorm of activity on news networks. Ryan, in his seventh term of Congress, is the Chairman of the House Budget Committee. He is most well-known for his revolutionary budget plan, The Path to Prosperity.
Ryan’s budget is controversial for multiple reasons, but I would like to focus on one of the most common criticisms you may have heard already in the media. Although some Democrats consider the budget “sensible”, “honest”, and “serious”, some allege that Ryan is essentially “throwing Granny off the cliff” with cuts to Medicare.
One should consider again these criticisms before blindly accepting them. An argument that “Paul Ryan wants seniors to die more quickly” is the type of emotional, destructive argument that I advised against in an earlier post. Of course Paul Ryan doesn’t want to kill the elderly. Neither does President Barack Obama. Both are trying different solutions to solve a $15 trillion problem in our country called the national debt.
Here’s what you should know about Paul Ryan’s approach to Medicare, before you automatically dismiss him as a “granny-hater”. As Ryan says in the plan:
“The future of the nation’s health and retirement security programs is increasingly based on empty promises from a government unwilling to advance solutions that save and strengthen them.”
Why is it important to advance a solution now? Because Medicare could go bankrupt in as little as four years. That means if we do nothing, there will be no money for Granny. Take a few minutes and watch this short video to see Paul Ryan explain what we can do to save Medicare. It’s worth watching.
There is also the inconvenient fact that ObamaCare actually cut more from Medicare than Paul Ryan’s budget. If you are still convinced that Paul Ryan is “throwing Granny off the cliff” by reforming Medicare, then you must also acknowledge that the President already has.
Don’t believe me? Then let’s ask the seniors themselves.
“In an ABC News/Washington Post poll, 28 percent of seniors viewed Ryan favorably while 28 percent viewed him unfavorably before Romney selected him to be his running mate. After his selection, 46% of those seniors now view him favorably while 28 percent still view him unfavorably. In just one weekend, Ryan has increased his favorability numbers among seniors by 14 percentage points, even as Democrats spent the weekend trying to demonize Ryan and his budget.”
Or from back in 2011:
“A new Gallup/USA Today poll contains a counterintuitive finding: the age group most receptive to House Budget Chair Paul Ryan‘s plan to deal with the budget – seniors.
The poll finds 48 percent of seniors (those 65 and over) support Ryan’s plan over President Obama‘s plan, while 42 percent back the president.”