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Paul Ryan Slams his OWN Medicare Cuts that were passed in House budget

15 August 2012 at 6:51:08 PM

Honestly, how dumb does the Ruh-Roh team think Americans are?

Ryan went on to say that “what I don’t think he’ll be telling people is that the president took $716 billion from the Medicare program — he raided it to pay for Obamacare.”

Like Romney, Ryan has pledged to repeal the Affordable Care Act, which included $716 billion in savings taken from health care providers, not seniors’ benefits. But unlike Romney, Ryan wrote and passed two Republican budgets that kept the cuts in place.

Romney, looking to get the upper hand on Medicare after picking Ryan, pledged this week to reverse the cuts even as he’s promised to close the entire budget deficit by the end of his second term.

Here's how Salon puts it.

Which side will cut Medicare? The budget authored by presumed vice-presidential nominee Rep. Paul Ryan would fundamentally change the program in a way that would provide fewer benefits to seniors down the road, while Republicans have countercharged that President Obama has already cut over $700 billion from the health insurance program for seniors with his Affordable Care Act.

As we noted yesterday, the claim is misleading, considering that Ryan himself preserved the exact same Medicare savings in his budget proposal. His plan repealed most of Obamacare, but left the Medicare savings plan because he recognized it as a way to reduce costs and deficits over time. Now the Romney campaign has cut an attack ad that accuses the president of weakening Medicare.

This put Ryan in a very awkward spot when he sat down with Fox News’ Brit Hume last night for his first solo interview since his selection. Hume, to his credit, repeatedly pressed Ryan on how he could attack Obama for a cut that Ryan has himself endorsed, but the congressman proved adept at the kind of rhetorical sleight of hand that let him dodge tough questions while appearing to answer them.

For instance, when asked if it was true that he supported the Medicare savings, Ryan responded, “I have voted repeatedly in Congress to repeal all of Obamacare, including this cut of $760 billion.” That’s true — he voted for the Republican bill to repeal all of Obamacare. But that doesn’t change the fact that his budget preserved that very same cut. When Hume pressed again, Ryan acknowledged that the Medicare savings is “the current law. And we keep what the current law is in our budget.” But he still refused to say outright that he had supported the same cut for which he is now attacking Obama.

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