Wolf Blitzer educates Debbie Wasserman Schultz on Ryan’s Medicare plan
As expected, the attacks on Paul Ryan’s budget proposals are well under way. Specifically, President Obama’s campaign is attacking Ryan’s Medicare reform plan, which was a plan pieced together with Sen. Ron Wyden, a Democrat from Oregon.
The proposal would offer a competing plan different than the current “fee-for-service” model, by giving new enrollees — those younger than 55-years-old — the option of a voluntary voucher program to purchase health insurance. Nothing would change for seniors already in the system.
But President Obama is already demagoguing the issue, claiming that the Ryan-Wyden plan would have hurt Medicare, which is our most costly long-term entitlement, and refuses to acknowledge that his own health care law cuts more than $700 billion from the government-run health insurance program for seniors.
During an interview with Wolf Blitzer yesterday, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) tried to tear down Ryan, who was picked by Mitt Romney as his running mate, claiming that the plan is “extreme” and would hurt seniors. Blitzer came back at Wasserman Schultz’s talking points about Ryan’s proposal, noting that anyone over 55 would not be affected in any way and that the traditional “fee-for-service” option would still be available for those who want it.
Here’s the video:
Ryan being on the Republican ticket has brought the argument back to the real issues facing the United States, such as budget deficits and crippling long-term entitlements. It’s a risky move given that Medicare is one of the third-rails of American politics, but voters have responded well to Ryan thus far; though that’s to be expected in the short-term.
These same tactics being employed by President Obama and Wasserman Schultz were used during the 2010 mid-term election, but they were unsuccessful. Republicans took control of the House and put themselves in position to make a run at the Senate this year. If Romney and Ryan can control the narrative, with journalists acting responsibly, as Blitzer did yesterday, then Team Obama may have to head back to the drawing board.