Republican running mate Paul Ryan drew boos today at an AARP convention in New Orleans when he said Mitt Romney would repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA), which closed a gap in coverage for seniors' prescription drugs.
"The first step to a stronger Medicare is to repeal Obamacare," Ryan said to a chorus of boos. "I had a feeling mixed reaction so let's get into it."
Ryan continued (with a typical smirk): "It weakens Medicare for today's seniors and puts it at risk for the next generation (more boos). First, it funnels $716 billion out of Medicare to pay for a new entitlement we didn't even ask for (more jeers). Second, it puts 15 unelected bureaucrats in charge of Medicare's future."
President Barack Obama rebutted Ryan's charges in a live video appearance to the same audience. He said the Republican voucher prescription for Medicare would mean "billions in new profits for insurance companies"and higher out of pocket costs for seniors.
Here's a clip of his presentation:
AARP, a non-partisan organization, supported the Affordable Care Act.