Paul Ryan drew boos while speaking to the AARP by attacking “Obamacare” and pledging to repeal it.
“The first step to a stronger Medicare is to repeal Obamacare,” he said to a shower of jeers. “I had a feeling there would be mixed reaction, so let me get into it. It weakens medicare for today’s seniors and puts it at risk for the next generation. First, it funnels $716 billion out of Medicare to pay for a new entitlement we didn’t even ask for. Second, it puts 15 unelected bureaucrats in charge of Medicare’s future.”
Ryan was booed repeatedly as he continued to attack the bill, especially after he said the law “turned Medicare into a piggy bank for Obamacare.”
Ryan has included the same $716 billion savings from Medicare in his own budgets. Repealing the Affordable Care Act would take away current benefits for seniors included in the law, most notably an end to the “donut hole” that used to require seniors to pay more out of pocket for prescription drugs.