Paul Ryan Booed at AARP Conference When He Calls for Repeal Of Obamacare (Video)

I’m sure that some on Fox News, some conservative bloggers, and Rush and Sean will say this is just peachy and that it’ll help Mitt Romney. I truly don’t think so. Republican Vice Presidential Candidate Paul Ryan was booed at the annual AARP conference when he said Romney-Ryan would repeal Obamacare. This is what some conservatives want but Romney-Ryan already have (presumably) conservative voters. This imagery will reinforce existing Obama campaign charges about Romney-Ryan. And when the issue is raised by Barack Obama or Joe Biden again some voters who’ve seen it will remember it.

It’s high concept imagery: Ryan calling to repeal Obamacare before an audience of seniors. It’s also the kind of snippet cable loves so it’ll be played over and over and over. It communicates:
*Camp Romney is not winning the case with some of these voters.
*Camp Romney will have problems with these voters.
*To seniors, if the others are so upset and booing there must be something to be concerned about here.

USA TODAY blog:

Paul Ryan took shots at President Obama’s health care law today, as he tried to explain and defend the GOP presidential ticket’s proposals to dramatically overhaul Medicare.

His remarks were met with a smattering of boos as he criticized the national health care law in front of seniors gathered for the AARP conference in New Orleans.

Earlier in the day, the audience heard from President Obama, who charged Republicans with trying to cut back on popular entitlement programs such as Medicare and Social Security in order to finance tax cuts for the wealthy.

At times, the reaction to Ryan’s remarks sounded as though he walked into a lion’s den. He was booed at his first mention of GOP plans to repeal “Obamacare,” saying the law represents “the worst of both worlds.”

“First it funnels $716 billion out of Medicare to pay for a new entitlement we didn’t even ask for,” the Wisconsin congressman said. “Second, it puts 15 unelected bureaucrats in charge of Medicare’s future.”

The $716 billion is reduced government spending on Medicare over 10 years that is being used to pay for Obama’s health care law. Ryan, chairman of the House Budget Committee, included the same figure in his budgets but now supports Romney on restoring that funding

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8 Comments

  1. Good for the seniors to see through the smoke screen of the Romney/Ryan (eye roll) plan. Calling it the “Romney/Ryan” is a subject for an entire story of it’s own.

  2. Well Paul Ryan was cool about it. Made his case. Yet a sizable amount of those seniors citizens gave him the exit stage left signal.

  3. Of course they did. His plan for medicare was to give vouchers that were just enough to cover basic coverage, and nothing else. Should anyone under his plan require major medical care they are going to go bankrupt. You can’t make a plan based on avg usage, give that to everyone and expect it to work. The nature of medical coverage is some people need a LOT more than others at any one given time, and no one really knows when that will be. It’s an idea that barely works on paper, and not at all in the real world.

  4. Ryan was probably hoping seniors would be a little less informed and a little more pliable. ;-)

  5. Ryan’s plan sounds like he wants to introduce seniors to legitimate “death panels!”
    Or, perhaps more like he wants to “legitimately rape.” them.
    “Stop it.” Romney/ Ryan.
    P.S. Shame on you Mitt Romney for calling my elderly mother someone who takes no personal responsibility for her life. She is very upset and the sad part about it for you,
    she was going to vote for you. Not anymore.

  6. Good point d. And, speaking of donations, my elderly mother whom has recently become informed, wants to know if there is a super-pac for her to donate her hard earned dollars to help inform voters so that they will in turn vote to pour the stale tea out of the United States House of Representatives. If anyone knows of such a link would you please pass it on. Mom and I appreciate your help.

  7. d, your remarks about Romney’s underwear add nothing useful to the conversation. They only come across as a shot at Mormonism and distract from your larger comment.

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