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Paul Ryan Goes On Your World To Promote Budget Cuts And His Medicare Plan

Reported by Guest Blogger - June 3, 2011 -

By Brian

Rep. Paul Ryan got almost no challenge to his GOP spending cut proposals and Medicare elimination reform plan from Neil Cavuto yesterday – other than from the “Are you winning the PR war” standpoint.

Ryan said we "need to get spending under control. Spending is the driver of our debt… The President chose not to do a budget to fix the problem… We put out a budget to fix the problem." But as Media Matters demonstrated, George W Bush's policies, especially tax cuts for the rich, drove those deficits.

Cavuto said a crisis would cause Democrats to say, "Republicans are going to bring us to the brink. Moody's is going to lower the credit rating."

Ryan said the President is “willing to do discretionary and mandatory spending reforms, meaning cuts, as a part of the debt limit negotiations... All spending is on the table."

He added, "We proposed a premium support system… where Medicare offers seniors guaranteed coverage options that they set up, just like Medicare offers today with Medigap insurance and Medicare advantage and prescription drug benefits, and then Medicare subsidizes their premiums based on who they are."

Ryan called the ad where a Ryan lookalike throws Grandma off a cliff, "farcical." He even apparently lectured the President during their bi-partisan meeting by saying, "Demagogue these issues at your own peril."

"Do you guys even like each other?" Cavuto asked.

"I like him fine,” Ryan insisted. “I have a lot of respect for him. He's the President of the United States. He's a smart guy… He hasn't put a budget out to fix the problem."

Actually, the president has put out a budget. Cavuto didn’t mention it.

On Medicare, Ryan said, "We restore their (people over 55) benefits by repealing the Obamacare raid on the Medicare fund, and the rationing board they put in charge of Medicare."

Cavuto asked if the "other side is getting the better of the emotional debate?"

"They (seniors) will find out they've been misled," Ryan said.

But it’s hard to see Ryan as any kind of straight talker. The Center for American Progress analyzed Ryan’s plan and concluded that it’s an “attempt to end Medicare as we know it, which would shift costs onto future seniors.”

That was another point Cavuto didn't bring up.

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