AARP Members Boo Paul Ryan’s Call for Repealing Obamacare
by Steven Ertelt | Washington, DC | LifeNews.com | 9/21/12 2:51 PM
Members of the liberal seniors group AARP booed Paul Ryan during a speech he gave to the organization calling for the repeal of Obamacare. Despite the boos, Ryan pressed on with his call to scrap it.
Ryan was booed loudly when he said the “first step to a stronger Medicare is to repeal Obamacare.”
“I had a feeling there would be mixed reactions, so let me get into it,” he said. “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.”
“Seniors are threatened by Obamacare, a law that would force steep cuts to real benefits in real time for real people. Meanwhile, younger Americans are burdened by an ever-growing national debt and a diminished future,” he added.
AARP members may have booed because the organization stands to benefit financially from it. According to the Office of Speaker John Boehner:
A new report reveals that AARP stands to make $1 billion over 10 years from ObamaCare, the AARP-backed health care law that funds the creation of a massive new entitlement program at the expense of seniors. Led by Reps. Wally Herger (R-CA), Dave Reichert (R-WA) and Charles Boustany (R-LA), Ways & Means Committee Republicans today unveiled this report – entitled “Behind the Veil: The AARP America Doesn’t Know” – which exposes AARP’s apparent conflict of interests and raises questions about whether the organization is using its tax exempt status to increase profits at the expense of American seniors.
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According to Rasmussen Reports, a majority of Americans still favor repeal.
A majority of voters still supports repeal of President Obama’s national health care law and believes it will increase the federal deficit and the cost of health care.
The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 53% of Likely U.S. Voters favor repeal, while 43% are opposed. This includes 45% who Strongly Favor repeal of the health care measure and 33% who are Strongly Opposed.