Ryan heckled, booed at retiree event

Discussion in 'Politics' started by AK Forty Seven, Sep 22, 2012.

  1. Ryan heckled, booed at retiree event

    (Reuters) - Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan received a chilly reception from a seniors' group on Friday as he argued that popular health and pension programs for U.S. retirees need to be overhauled to ensure their stability.

    Members of the retiree group AARP booed and heckled Ryan as he laid out the Republican ticket's case for repealing President Barack Obama's healthcare law and partially privatizing the Medicare health plan.

    "I had a feeling there would be mixed reactions," Ryan told the crowd.

    The event in New Orleans underscored the gamble that Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney took on when he picked Ryan as his running mate in August.

    And, it came during a tough week for the Romney campaign which has struggled to explain comments the presidential candidate made denigrating people who receive government benefits or pay no federal income taxes - a group that includes those who receive Social Security and Medicare.

    As chairman of the House of Representatives Budget Committee, Ryan has led the Republican charge to gradually change Medicare's guarantee of universal coverage into a subsidy that would allow retirees to buy coverage on the private market if they wish.

    Ryan and other Republicans argue that private competition is the best way to rein in spiraling health costs, while Obama's Democrats say that approach would force retirees to pay more of their health bills themselves.

    "I don't consider this approach bold or particularly courageous. I just think it's a bad idea," Obama told the AARP group less than an hour before Ryan spoke.

    So far, Obama seems to be winning the argument. Voters in the 12 most competitive states say they have more faith in Obama than Romney to address Medicare's challenges by a margin of 50 percent to 44 percent, according to a USA Today/Gallup poll.

    People over age 65 are more likely to participate in elections than younger groups, and in recent elections they have become one of the most reliably Republican voting blocs. But Romney's 20-point edge among this group has eroded over the past several weeks to the point where the two candidates are effectively tied, according to Reuters/IPSOS polling data.
  2. achilles28


    Fuck the old people. They're trying to fuck us with their healthcare, pension and retirement costs. The entire social security scheme is based on a Malthusian rate of growth that never materialized. Regardless, the younger generation should be stuck with the bill, even though it was the older generation who committed them to it, without their consent. Now, these old bitches are waking up and realizing they might get the shaft they tried to stick their kids with. Oh, the irony. Too bad for them. Lots of these geriatrics are in for the surprise of their life!
  3. Ricter


    Every generation thinks similarly, if not so fervently. The surprise you're going to get is that around the time you finally manage to affect any change you're going to be old yourself.
  4. There is nothing wrong with the unfunded social security credit-for-participating pyramid system.
  5. It's obvious the next "solution" is just going to be eliminating the cap on "contributions".

    I doubt that will work for long.

    Next we will see SS tax on capital gains and dividends.

    Then there will be the great geriatric purge of 2065 which puts things back in balance for awhile.
  6. Go home Eddie Monster

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  7. achilles28


    Bullshit. Not every generation saddles the younger with the cost of their retirement and healthcare. In fact, this is the first time it's been done, in America. Care to amend your statement? As far as affecting change, none of us will, individually. Our bankrupt finances will, collectively, very soon. :)
  8. AARP nothing more needed to be said.
  9. Lets see, the right doesn't want the vote of blacks, Hispanics, teachers, government workers, the unemployed, the poor, atheists, Muslims, native Americans, farmers, gays and now the elderly.
  10. Eight


    AARP is just Democrats in spades, healthcare and all. Ryan had the balls to go there and speak. When's the last time we saw Obama on Fox News? Clinton, either one of them? What's that idiot's name that is the VP currently, when is he on Fox News? How do these bullshit artists think they are going to get their ideas out so people can find out what they want to... oh wait, they don't want people to know.. never mind.
    #10     Sep 22, 2012