Paul Ryan Talks Medicare, Uses Mom As Mascot to Make His Point

Paul Ryan Talks Medicare, Uses Mom As Mascot to Make His Point

Paul Ryan made his campaign stop in Florida this weekend where he introduced his mom to a bunch of old rich retired white people to make his point that he won't take away their Medicare. 

The spry, enthusiastic 78-year old Betty Ryan Douglas trotted out on stage with her son and was all, I got no problems with my son's Medicare plan, so you shouldn't either because you're old like me! 

Ryan gave a 20-minute speech to a crowd of about 3,000 at The Villages -- a huge retirement community that has been called "the Disneyland for older people." He spoke mainly about Medicare while ripping on Obama's handling of it, and did that thing where GOPers use the President's plans to scare old people.

With a plane flying a banner that read, "Paul Ryan, Keep Your Hands Off Our Medicare," Ryan kept hammering the point that the President has used and will keep using Medicare as his own personal piggy bank to he can pay for that evil Obamacare bill.

Ryan then pointed to his mother and was all: Medicare: This Time, It's Personal.

"[My Mom] planned her retirement around this promise," Ryan said. "That's a promise we have to keep."

"It's not just a program," he added. "It's what my mom relies on."

Ryan also criticized the Medicare Independent Payment Advisory Board, calling them "unelected bureaucrats," which we suppose is a little better than Sarah Palin's "death panel" moniker.

"Here is what Mitt Romney and I will do," Ryan continued. "We'd 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 mom's health care or your mom's health care."

Never mind the fact that the Congressional Budget Office says Ryan's proposal would raise seniors' out-of-pocket expenses by $6,500 per year. Or that Obama's plan would extend Medicare's solvency for another eight years.

But, hey, what are facts when you trot out your spry, energetic mother to wave and smile and make everyone feel like everything's gonna be a-ok?

Betty Ryan does make things, no matter how bad, seem all warm and fuzzy.

Paul Ryan Talks Medicare, Uses Mom As Mascot to Make His Point


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