In January 2010 Obama addressed the House GOP Conference regarding Congressman Paul Ryan’s budget plan, and specifically the Medicare portion which remains the same for all Seniors – actually for everyone at age 55 and beyond, once it becomes law. In other words, Medicare for Seniors will not change. Here’s what Obama had to say:
OBAMA: There is a political vulnerability to doing anything that tinkers with Medicare. And that’s probably the biggest savings that are obtained through Paul’s plan. And I raise that not because we shouldn’t have a series discussion about it. I raise that because we’re not going to be able to do anything about any of these entitlements if what we do is characterize, whatever proposals are put out there, as, well, you know, that’s — the other party is being irresponsible; the other party is trying to hurt our senior citizens; that the other party is doing X, Y, Z. That’s why I say if we’re going to frame these debates in ways that allow us to solve them, then we can’t start off by figuring out, A, who’s to blame; B, how can we make the American people afraid of the other side.Obama also went on to call Ryan’s budget “a legitimate proposal” with “some ideas in there that I agree with.” Unfortunately, the President’s campaign is now doing exactly what he warned against, mischaracterizing the Ryan plan, trying to delegitimize it and scaring seniors.
Barack Obama speaking to GOP House Conference, January 29, 2010 (video)