Democrats

Blog

Jacksonville seniors say no to Paul Ryan’s plans for Medicare

Mitt Romney has chosen Paul Ryan as his running mate—to the alarm of Florida's seniors.

Mitt Romney has chosen Paul Ryan as his running mate—to the alarm of Florida's seniors.

"In Florida, there are a lot of people like myself who depend on Medicare and Social Security," says Don, a retired Navy veteran who lives in Jacksonville, Florida. "And Mr. Ryan has put forth a plan that's going to deal negatively with both of those things—severely so."

He's referring to Ryan's signature budget, which would end Medicare as we know it, turning it into a voucher program. Not only would the Ryan plan be an incredibly risky move that could shift thousands of dollars in health care costs to America's seniors, but it would also break our nation's fundamental promise to seniors.

"Mr. Romney has called it the best plan available," says Don. "He is a Ryan budget devotee. And we know where Medicare and Social Security are going to go if he has the ability to affect the changes he wants to."

"I paid into Medicare," says a Jacksonville senior and veteran named Charles who brought a copy of his Medicare benefits book to today's Romney-Ryan Economics event. "I paid into it for more than 30 years. Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan want to wipe it out. But they're not going to win in this town—we're not going to let it happen. Seniors and veterans will be supporting Barack Obama for four more years."