Paul Ryan: Seniors deserve so much more from President Obama

posted at 3:21 pm on April 24, 2012 by Morgen Richmond

Allahpundit highlighted the latest government report on the looming insolvency of Medicare and Social Security yesterday, but not surprisingly Rep. Paul Ryan didn’t let the opportunity go to waste either.

In their latest report, the trustees of Medicare and Social Security warn that the health and retirement security of millions of seniors remains in jeopardy if these programs are left on their present course. Decades of empty promises from politicians refusing to be honest about the need for reform are threatening to become broken promises, with disastrous consequences for seniors. In the heart of their retirement, current seniors are scheduled to be hit with a 25 percent across-the-board benefit cut when Social Security’s trust funds are exhausted. Meanwhile, Medicare’s looming insolvency puts at risk the critical access to care that seniors have come to expect from this important program.

Rather than work together to advance solutions, the President has opted to play politics with seniors’ care. The President and his party’s leaders continue to distort efforts to save and strengthen Medicare in an effort to distract seniors from the consequences of their health care law. The massive health care law raids over $500 billion from Medicare to finance a new health care entitlement, and hands Medicare’s fate over to an unaccountable board of 15 unelected bureaucrats. This board of bureaucrats will be empowered to cut Medicare in ways that will result in restricted access and denied care for current seniors, while still leaving the program bankrupt for future generations.

Seniors deserve better from President Obama. To prevent the President’s empty promises from becoming broken promises, Medicare and Social Security – critical programs designed in the mid-20th century – must be strengthened for the 21st century. I remain committed to advancing principled, bipartisan reforms that fulfill the missions of these important programs.”

According to the latest calculations by the trustees, Medicare and Social Security are insolvent to the tune of $35.5 trillion between now and 2085. But according to the trustees own Chief Actuary, the actual picture is far worse (pdf) than this. My emphasis below:

Without unprecedented changes in health care delivery systems and payment mechanisms, the prices paid by Medicare for health services are very likely to fall increasingly short of the costs of providing these services. By the end of the long-range projection period, Medicare prices for hospital, skilled nursing facility, home health, hospice, ambulatory surgical center, diagnostic laboratory, and many other services would be less than half of their level under the prior law. Medicare prices would be considerably below the current relative level of Medicaid prices, which have already led to access problems for Medicaid enrollees, and far below the levels paid by private health insurance. Well before that point, Congress would have to intervene to prevent the withdrawal of providers from the Medicare market and the severe problems with beneficiary access to care that would result. Overriding the productivity adjustments, as Congress has done repeatedly in the case of physician payment rates, would lead to substantially higher costs for Medicare in the long range than those projected under current law.

But don’t fear, the mouthpieces at the Public Affairs office of the CMS deem the situation: “stable“. Yeah, stable like the velocity of a comet plummeting towards Earth. How ridiculous.

Exit question: With Marco Rubio getting most of the buzz this week, how likely do you think it is that Romney will choose Ryan as his running mate? It’s not even clear whether entitlement reform will be a central plank of Romney’s campaign platform, and I know many Romney cynics expect him to straddle this issue as much as possible. But he’s already endorsed Ryan’s budget plan, and there is no avoiding the Mediscare campaign Democrats have waiting in the wings. If you’re going to be attacked on Ryan’s plan, who better to explain and defend it than Ryan himself.


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Vote the treasury….

your kids can pay for it.

acyl72 on April 24, 2012 at 3:23 PM

If you’re going to be attacked on Ryan’s plan, who better to explain and defend it than Ryan himself.

That`s what I say! No matter who Mitt picks, no matter how nice they seem or what color they are or how “moderate” they are or what region they come from- the democrats will paint the GOP ticket as BushHitler2.

ThePrez on April 24, 2012 at 3:25 PM

Seniors deserve a President that like business, so the economy can grow. Once the economy grows then banks will pay higher interest (and fire Uncle Ben) for people that save their money in CD’s and bonds. Thereby, encourage investment not debt fueled consumption.

Seniors deserve someone that will introduce market reforms to Medicare and privatize Social Security. If you are self-employed then the 12% you pay for FICA, so stay in your pocket and grow. That 12% will be loaned out to other enterprises then will grow economy.

Oil Can on April 24, 2012 at 3:30 PM

If you’re going to be attacked on Ryan’s plan, who better to explain and defend it than Ryan himself.

“Can I get an Amen?”

msmveritas on April 24, 2012 at 3:31 PM

Seniors deserve someone who favors bank bailouts. Someone like Paul Ryan or Mitt Romney

joey24007 on April 24, 2012 at 3:32 PM

Isn’t it interesting how all these government programs inevitably end up rife with fraud and waste, and costing far more than we can afford?

You’d think there might be a lesson in there somewhere . . . .

AZCoyote on April 24, 2012 at 3:33 PM

The fact that more people aren’t clamoring for this guy to run things is beyond me. He is most honest, practical, and intelligent individual to come on the scene in decades. If Romney picks a running mate based on demographics – we are sunk. I had a mentor who told me years ago – “The only way to deal with a$$holes, is with FACTS. Always have your facts, and they can never win”. Ryan. Has. The. Facts.

HomeoftheBrave on April 24, 2012 at 3:33 PM

It’s becoming more and more evident that the National Socialist Left has no intention of fixing this problem – in fact they see it as a feature.

Most assuredly they want to overload the system and use it as a crowbar to force the redistribution of wealth in this country.

Can someone prove me wrong on this?

The natural progress of things is for liberty to yield, and government to gain ground. Thomas Jefferson

Chip on April 24, 2012 at 3:35 PM

I keep a close eye on my neighbor who is an 88 yo widower. Yesterday I was visiting her and if she is any indication we are going to see a walloping in the election. She is pretty much a shut-in but she really pays attention to what’s going on. My mom is 89 and tossed out her TV when my dad died a few months ago and she is on the same wave too.

“I’ve never seen it this bad” and “These democrats should be in jail” were repeated several times.

DanMan on April 24, 2012 at 3:36 PM

Romney put a dog on his car. War on women. Contraceptives for all. Ann Romney doesn’t work……………………………

Bitter Clinger on April 24, 2012 at 3:40 PM

Ryan as Secretary of the Treasury. To heck with the VP slot.

SC.Charlie on April 24, 2012 at 3:43 PM

Paul Ryan fighting for an end to socialism and a return to economic liberty in Congress.

Madam Speaker, this bill offends my principles, but I’m going to vote for this bill in order to preserve my principles… in order to preserve this free enterprise system.

-Paul Ryan on TARP.

joey24007 on April 24, 2012 at 3:45 PM

But there is CCTV footage of Paul Ryan pushing an elderly woman over a cliff in a wheelchair. I’ve seen it with my own eyes.

The question isn’t “should Paul Ryan be the VP candidate?” The question is “WHY ISN’T PAUL RYAN IN JAIL?!?!?!”

Abby Adams on April 24, 2012 at 3:45 PM

Ryan as Secretary of the Treasury. To heck with the VP slot.

SC.Charlie on April 24, 2012 at 3:43 PM

You want a guy who is the clone of Hank Paulsen as the Treasury Secretary? Why not keep Geithner

joey24007 on April 24, 2012 at 3:46 PM

Our talking heads need to do a better job communicating that Obama and his officials were elected to LEAD and GOVERN this nation. It is not the GOP’s responsibility to shoulder the burden of leadership.

The GOP is the minority party, the loyal opposition.

Our people need to communicate that Obama is failing to assume ANY responsibility.

There have been many instances were incumbent presidents stuck their necks out in an Election year. Nixon in 1972 mining the harbors in Hanoi, going to China, detente with the Soviet Union. Clinton agreeing to welfare reform. Johnson putting the prestige of the presidency onto enactment of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

Obama refuses to lead because he is a petulant, narcissistic child who cares only about his own job.

matthew8787 on April 24, 2012 at 3:46 PM

But there is CCTV footage of Paul Ryan pushing an elderly woman over a cliff in a wheelchair. I’ve seen it with my own eyes.

The question isn’t “should Paul Ryan be the VP candidate?” The question is “WHY ISN’T PAUL RYAN IN JAIL?!?!?!”

Abby Adams on April 24, 2012 at 3:45 PM

You know what your problem is? You gotta stop just looking at the pictures in the comic books and start reading the words.

timberline on April 24, 2012 at 3:49 PM

DanMan on April 24, 2012 at 3:36 PM

Let just pray that many more like these ladies feel the same. The true facts HAVE got to be out for people to see and hear, IMO. The bhopress won’t do it, but family member MUST!
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letget on April 24, 2012 at 3:51 PM

In this race where you have the race arsonists on one side, it will be impossible to win with 2 white guys.

shanimal on April 24, 2012 at 3:51 PM

Paul Ryan would DEFINATELY energize the conservative base.
Do it Mitt!

Metal Head on April 24, 2012 at 3:54 PM

You gotta stop just looking at the pictures in the comic books and start reading the words.

timberline on April 24, 2012 at 3:49 PM

Abby doesn’t need a sarc tag.

OT: The Saints are even bigger scumbags than the Pats?!

John the Libertarian on April 24, 2012 at 3:54 PM

Yes! Seniors deserve…no safety net at all! The true American way!

ernesto on April 24, 2012 at 3:55 PM

Oh, and Rubio hasn’t done squat for America compared to Ryan (by changing the nature of the entitlements debate).
Seriously, what has Rubio done since his election?

Metal Head on April 24, 2012 at 3:55 PM

Ryan is offering a last rope to grab before we go off the cliff. And the Democrats just say, “don’t grab that rope. You’ll get rope burns.” Meanwhile, they just keep racing towards the cliff.

RBMN on April 24, 2012 at 3:58 PM

Yes! Seniors deserve…no safety net at all! The true American way!

ernesto on April 24, 2012 at 3:55 PM

Yeah, that’s honest. Especially since Bush and the Republicans passed the Prescription Drug entitlement. Are you willfully ignorant, or does some one pay you to be?

John the Libertarian on April 24, 2012 at 3:59 PM

John the Libertarian on April 24, 2012 at 3:59 PM

You guys have spent years disowning Bush and everything he did. Y’all make the point that Ryan is somehow different, somehow more conservative. Why would you bring up Bush after all that? You already disowned him – he doesn’t represent the conservative position on entitlements, while Ryan does. Why are you being so ingenuous?

ernesto on April 24, 2012 at 4:01 PM

Finally a counter attack on the libs…it’s only taken about 20 years.

right2bright on April 24, 2012 at 4:01 PM

Okay, at the risk of being the broken record, where does the constitution provide Congress with the authority to operate “safety net” programs of any kind, including Social Security and Medicare? If anyone can find that enumerated power, I would be interested in the citation, because my copy of the Constitution must be missing a paragraph or two.

We need to do one of two things about these entitlement programs: Either we need to pass a Constitutional amendment authorizing the federal government to run them, and putting restrictions in place that will keep them solvent and keep their revenue from being plundered for the general fund. Or we need to eliminate them and return responsibility for providing “safety nets” to the more local forms of government. No other approach but these two is constitutional.

Shump on April 24, 2012 at 4:04 PM

Seniors don’t deserve anything MORE from obama – they deserve BETTER THAN OBAMA!

Make no mistake, seniors – obama is your enemy – obama is America’s enemy!

Pork-Chop on April 24, 2012 at 4:09 PM

“What do you people want?”

“More money.”

“And more Medicare!”

http://www.southparkstudios.com/clips/103619/the-revolution

Lawdawg86 on April 24, 2012 at 4:12 PM

Why are you being so ingenuous?

ernesto on April 24, 2012 at 4:01 PM

The word is “disingenuous”, and I am simply responding to your ridiculous Alinsky hyperbole that Republicans don’t provide seniors with a safety net. Actually, it’s beyond ridiculous, it’s mindnumbingly stupid and cruel.

John the Libertarian on April 24, 2012 at 4:18 PM

If you have a friend or loved one in a nursing home with dementia:

Mental qualifications for voting are very low unless the voter has been ruled incompetent by a court. Tests of reading, writing, command of the English language, mental capacity, and knowledge of the candidates have all been ruled unconstitutional. However, filling out another person’s ballot, unless as a service to the disabled, is illegal. If you suspect voting irregularities, the county electoral office is the appropriate authority to contact.

Fallon on April 24, 2012 at 4:26 PM

But…..but….but back in 2004, during Bush’s State of the Union, he mentioned that he’d tired to reform Social Security without success. Led by Splash Kennedy, all the Democrats stood and cheered.

Are they ‘cheering’ now? What’s their plan, besides not having one?

GarandFan on April 24, 2012 at 4:29 PM

The time is NOW for a serious discussion of entitlements. Ryan would be a wonderful choice. If we lose the election because of it, so be it. To say nothing because its not smart “politically” makes us no better than the Dems.

jjjdad on April 24, 2012 at 4:37 PM

A simple apology for lying through his teeth would suffice.

Cleombrotus on April 24, 2012 at 5:14 PM

Says the man who wants to work towards ensuring the massive wealth transfer from one generation to those seniors continues apace… Spoken like a true progressive. The thing that I do not get is, how exactly did the conservatives get to the point that they are actually thinking that continued trillion dollar deficit spending for the next several decades is conservative and worthy of praise?

No cuts now, expect them later from a different congress. When did that become conservative?

astonerii on April 24, 2012 at 5:26 PM

Yes! Seniors deserve…no safety net at all! The true American way!

ernesto on April 24, 2012 at 3:55 PM

If you have a $400,000 a year pension, you still get SS, at the cap probably. If you get a $75,000 a year pension, you get SS.

It’s not a safety net right now. It’s NOT needs based. It doesn’t just get paid to those who NEED it, but to EVERYBODY who paid into it regardless of need. On average, a person collects everything they paid into SS in two years of receiving benefits.

Your demorat friends are watching the safety net be chewed by rats and every time anybody tries to shore it up, the demorats scream that we want to kill seniors. Medicare is going bust even faster, and pays so poorly that only about a third of doctors in Oregon accept it. Yet every time somebody tries to reform it to make it more efficient, make it more needs based, whatever it takes to keep it from collapsing on itself, you and demorats say we’re killing granny.

I do think there needs to be SS and medical help for seniors THAT NEED THE HELP!

Obama promised during the campaign to reform the programs yet has introduced ZERO PROPOSALS to do so.

Yet everytime somebody tries to save the programs, instead of having an honest debate and working together, the demorats start screaming “The GOP wants to kill seniors!”

If you or your ilk had been on the Titanic standing next to the captain and somebody said “Sir, iceberg ahead, you need to turn!” you would have said “Don’t listen to them captain, they just want to spoil the view of the Northern Lights everybody is enjoying!”

If you taxed all people over $250,000 at 100%, taking all investment and growth capital out of the country, you could pay for our federal budget for ONE YEAR. In 20 years Medicare and SS could easily surpass our current budget by THEMSELVES. Yet, you liberal destroyers would have us just turn our heads and leave the status quo . . .

PastorJon on April 24, 2012 at 5:28 PM

Yes! Seniors deserve…no safety net at all! The true American way!

ernesto on April 24, 2012 at 3:55 PM

LOL. Yes, ernesto, perhaps we should follow the fine example of your homeland and do it the Puerto Rican way — do you know where we can find a rich country we can latch onto like a parasite?

AZCoyote on April 24, 2012 at 5:35 PM

I suspect that most seniors (I’m one) are counting on leaving this fouled up planet long before this happens -so they don’t panic about this stuff-yet….

Don L on April 24, 2012 at 5:41 PM

The whole dream act thing has taken away some of Rubio’s luster… I’m not so sure his buzz is going to be longlasting.

Ukiah on April 24, 2012 at 5:51 PM

The time is NOW for a serious discussion of entitlements. Ryan would be a wonderful choice. If we lose the election because of it, so be it. To say nothing because its not smart “politically” makes us no better than the Dems.

jjjdad on April 24, 2012 at 4:37 PM

Ryan would be a wonderful choice for a serious discussion of entitlements? Ryan has produced a budget that, when you get past the conservative lovefest, actually doesn’t even balance for, what, 20 years? 30? How can one claim that they are serious about a discussion of anything to do with the budget if they feel it’s the responsible thing to do to punt a balanced budget decades down the road?

Shump on April 24, 2012 at 6:13 PM

Picture of the Day: Success In The Eye Of The Beholder

http://predicthistunpredictpast.blogspot.com/2012/04/picture-of-day-success-in-eye-of.html

Resist We Much on April 24, 2012 at 6:25 PM

Remember what Nanzi said. We need to make more so they can take more. This would prop up the programs for awhile longer. Get busy out there.

Kissmygrits on April 24, 2012 at 6:41 PM

It’s becoming more and more evident that the National Socialist Left has no intention of fixing this problem – in fact they see it as a feature.

Most assuredly they want to overload the system and use it as a crowbar to force the redistribution of wealth in this country.

Can someone prove me wrong on this?

The natural progress of things is for liberty to yield, and government to gain ground. Thomas Jefferson

Chip on April 24, 2012 at 3:35 PM

Biggest reason Mitt will lose.

He has no history of doing anything but increasing drastically government cost.

Just one of a very long list of reasons.

Mitt will lose 2012.

Steveangell on April 24, 2012 at 7:03 PM

HUH? Come on Ryan! The government should mind it’s own business and stick to upholding the Constitution.

racquetballer on April 24, 2012 at 9:33 PM