Senator Ron Wyden Says Ryan Wrong That That He Supports His Medicare Plan
Paul Ryan has been bragging that Democratic Oregon Senator Ron Wyden supports his Medicare proposals, but Wyden says that’s not true.
“The Romney/Ryan plan on Medicare pulls the safety net out from under the poorest and most vulnerable seniors, taking away the opportunity for nursing home care from seniors who need it and have no other options,” Wyden wrote after the debate.
“The Wyden-Ryan white paper strengthened the safety net for these dual eligibles. The Romney/Ryan version shreds it. The republican ticket knows that neither I, nor any other Democrat, would support these policies.”
Ryan’s initial Medicare plan, released in 2011, would have completely ended the existing Medicare program and moved seniors into a new system of private insurance. The subsequent Wyden-Ryan plan, much like Romney-Ryan, would leave the existing program in place, so seniors could choose between traditional Medicare or private coverage.