Medicare should not be used as a piggy bank for Obamacare. Medicare should be the promise that is kept to current seniors. Period.— Paul Ryan (@PaulRyanVP) August 18, 2012
Behind him hung a big sign: "Protect & Strengthen MEDICARE."
Above him circled a single-engine plane with a banner: "Paul Ryan keep your hands off our Medicare."
The Villages is a massive retirement community about 50 miles northwest of Orlando, and one of the biggest Republican strongholds in Florida.
A fire marshal estimated 10,000 people attended the event, though the crowd appeared smaller. Four years ago, newly minted vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin came to The Villages after the Republican National Convention, drawing a crowd estimated at 25,000 to 60,000.
The seniors holding anti-Obamacare signs and sipping breakfast-hour cocktails Saturday morning in the village square consistently said they applauded Ryan's talk about entitlement reform, and noted that it did not affect anyone 55 or over.
~ Tampa Bay Times
Like a lot of Americans, when I think about Medicare it's not just a program, it's not just a bunch of numbers, it's what my mom relies on, it's what my grandma had. Medicare was there for our family, for my grandma, when we needed it then; and Medicare is there for my mom while she needs it now, and we have to keep that guarantee.~ Vice Presidential Candidate Paul Ryan, campaigning in Florida with his Mom
Our solution to preserve, protect, and save Medicare does not affect your benefits. Let me repeat that. Our plan does not affect the benefits for people who are in or near retirement.
. . . bureaucrats will not mess with my mom’s healthcare or your mom’s healthcare.
It’s a promise that was made and it’s a promise that must be kept. To save it for this generation, you have to reform it for my generation so it doesn’t go bankrupt when we retire.
RT if you agree: We can’t let Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan turn Medicare into a voucher program. twitter.com/BarackObama/st…— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) August 18, 2012
Does the Wisconsin Undertaker really want to induce public mass vomiting? Give us a break. His mother will never have to worry about the costs of insurance or long-term care. Her son's another lying, sleazy hog at the Washington big-money trough. He's set for life. Even if he's driven from Congress (we should be so lucky), his corporate pals will take care of him, and who knows, maybe he'll score his own screamfest on Fox.
~ comment by Melissa at MSNBC's First Read
So let's be clear, for all people 55 and younger - you well be screwed via Ryan and Romney plan and let us not forget that Ryan is 42 years old and never worked a day in his life...
~ comment by Rixar13 at MSNBC's First Read
I never realized until I saw this picture that Ryan's mom was Jan Brewer!
~ comment by Julkie at MSNBC's First Read
The New American Dream under Romney/Ryan
Grandson Timmy came over to wish Granpa happy 80th Birthday, Timmy says Granny wheres Granpa? Granny says He is at McDonalds working today The $6,000 Voucher the Govt gives us for Healthcare only covers 50% of the cost, but Granpa will be home soon and then you and he can have cake, Little Timmy says what about you Granny, I am sorry Timmy she says I got to get ready for work, I got the 2nd shift at McDonalds.
Romney/Ryan bad for Americans unless you are a 1%er
~ comment by at MSNBC's First Read
I wonder at times how it must feel to be a republican where your against everything you do? Most of them are against their own life styles for instance. I always wonder how it feels growing up hating everything.
~ comment by tucsand at MSNBC's First Read
The Paul Ryan Villages Rally: Today's seniors with medicare cheering the idea of tomorrow's seniors without medicare.— John Fugelsang (@JohnFugelsang) August 18, 2012
Paul Ryan at The Villages: "My plan won't end Medicare for you. It'll end it for your children, just as they finish paying for yours."— Top Conservative Cat (@TeaPartyCat) August 18, 2012
Crowd for Paul Ryan @ The Villages NOWHERE NEAR what Sarah Palin drew 4 yrs ago— Adam Smith (@adamsmithtimes) August 18, 2012
Paul Ryan’s Medicare plan won’t affect you if you're over age 55, unless you have kids, grandkids, relatives and friends.— Paul Solomon (@FrankTheDoorman) August 18, 2012
One thing I liked about what Paul Ryan said: "We have to reform Medicare for my generation."In all honesty screw the babyboomers lol— Tony Chung (@Zclyh3) August 18, 2012
"Paul Ryan trots out his mom to defend his medicare record, maybe Mitt should trot out Ralfaca to defend his tax evasion record"—Art Vandalelay (@soxfaneast) August 18, 2012
— Ken Keenan (@kjkeenan1950) August 18, 2012
@soxfaneast incredible to think that Ryan has been running for ONE week and already he needs his Momma...what will October bring?
Paul Ryan's idol is Ayn Rand, who called poor people 'lice' and 'parasites.' She's like Nietzche without all the warmth.— John Fugelsang (@JohnFugelsang) August 18, 2012
Paul Ryan is a good son, making sure his mother will get Medicare that will be burned away for those younger than her.— Glenn Fleishman (@GlennF) August 19, 2012
I wish one of those Florida grannys would of pinched Paul Ryan's cheeks.....really hard— sharon (@skrspooky) August 19, 2012
Doesn't Paul Ryan look like a guy who owns a string of old folks homes?— Rex Stratton (@Thornebow) August 19, 2012
So Paul Ryan basically told elderly Floridians today that they deserve Medicare but their children/grandchildren don't--to very loud cheers.— Lauren Venell (@lvenell) August 19, 2012