Obama vs. Ryan at AARP
Ryan told the audience,"The first step toward a stronger Medicare is to repeal "ObamaCare" because it represents the worst of both worlds". He argued that the federal health reform law would "funnel $716 billion out of Medicare to pay for a new entitlement we didn't even ask for." He also said that Romney's plan to transition Medicare into a premium support program "empowers future seniors to choose the coverage the works best for them" and is "designed to guarantee that seniors can always afford Medicare coverage."
The response from the group was lackluster with little applause and many boos during his speech, according to the Washington Post.
It was no surprise that Obama, who addressed the convention via satellite, defended Obamacare and told the crowd that the GOP plan would leave them "at the mercy of insurance companies." He also addressed Ryan's remarks that $716 billion was cut to fund ACA and said, "It's simply not true. Those savings are part of what allows us to close the doughnut hole, provide the preventive care, and is actually going to extend the life of Medicare over the long term."
AARP is a nonpartisan organization that is the nation's largest and most powerful senior's lobby. AARP has supported the Affordable Care Act.