Paul Ryan: For Medicare cuts before he was against them?

August 16, 2012

Here's what Paul Ryan used to say if you asked him why his budget keeps the Affordable Care Act's Medicare cuts:

Well our budget keeps that money for Medicare to extend its solvency. What Obamacare does is it takes that money from Medicare to spend on Obamacare.

Here's what he says if you ask him now:

First of all, those are in the baseline, he put those cuts in. Second of all, we voted to repeal Obamacare repeatedly, including those cuts. I voted that way before the budget, I voted that way after the budget. So when you repeal all of Obamacare what you end up doing is that repeals that as well. In our budget we've restored a lot of that. It gets a little wonky but it was already in the baseline. We would never have done it in the first place. We voted to repeal the whole bill. I just don't think the president's going to be able to get out of the fact that he took $716 billion from Medicare to pay for Obamacare."

I understand why you choose Ryan as your running mate if you want to run as the ticket that is willing to make the tough decisions, like cutting Medicare. I really don't understand why you choose Ryan to be your running mate if you intend to run as the ticket that doesn't want to cut Medicare.

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