RNC Chair: If Anyone in the Medicare Debate has “Blood on Their Hands” it’s Obama

Leah Barkoukis
Posted: Aug 12, 2012 8:00 PM

Paul Ryan is being portrayed by the left as an extremist, “severely conservative” and “architect of the Republican plan to kill Medicare.” They will not rest until those mendacious descriptions are all people associate with him. RNC Chair Reince Priebus is having none of it, however, and fired back in an interview on Meet the Press Sunday. 


David Gregory: What did he [Ryan] propose in his budget? Which is to change Medicare as we know it. That’s an objective fact because he would change it from how it now operates as a pay for service into a premium support… other people call it a voucher…you give seniors a certain amount of money then they have to get exposed to the private market that’s a fact about what he believes in addition to the fact that on the general budget he certainly wants to cut federal spending way back that would hurt the social safety net. All of those are facts are they not?

Reince Priebus: David, if we do nothing and if we go down the road that this president wants to go down…Medicare will be changed forever as we know it. It’ll be bankrupt by 2024. Medicare is going broke. Every person in America watching this now knows that that’s true. This president stole– he didn’t cut Medicare– he stole $700 billion from Medicare to fund Obamacare. If any person in this entire debate has blood on their hands in regard to Medicare, it’s Barack Obama. He‘s the one that’s destroying Medicare.

We are the ones that are offering solutions as to how to, number one, preserveMedicare for seniors that are at or near retirement, and, number two, figure out a way the make sure that for future generations– we‘re talking about if you’re 54 or younger, how to save Medicare and Social Security.