Paul Ryan's PAC: AARP is a 'left-leaning pressure group'
by Joan McCarter
Mon May 09, 2011 at 10:20 AM PDT.
The GOP seems hell-bent on losing all the support from seniors they gained back in 2010, with their specious attacks on the Affordable Care Act and Medicare.
Now Rep. Paul Ryan's PAC is doubling down on the attacks on the AARP initiated by Reps. Wally Herger (R-Calif.), Dave Reichert (R-Wash.) and Charles Boustany (R-La.) to sic the IRS on the organization. Ryan's PAC is making a direct attack.Rep. Paul Ryan's (R-Wis.) political group went on the attack Monday against AARP, calling one of the most powerful lobbies a "left-leaning pressure group...."
"Last week, the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP), a left-leaning pressure group with significant business interests in the insurance industry, launched a national ad campaign that intentionally misleads seniors about the Medicare debate," wrote Pat Shortridge, a senior adviser to Ryan's PAC, in an email to supporters....
"Unfortunately, Washington’s special interest groups, like the AARP, have decided to play politics," Shortridge wrote. "We either need them to have a serious conversation or get out of the way."
So, Paul Ryan thinks he's going to take on the AARP?
“We make decisions on policy based on what we believe will be in the best interests of Americans over age 50. A recent attack on AARP from a political action committee erroneously suggests otherwise. The truth is that the budget plan passed by the House probably would present more opportunities for AARP to strengthen its finances, since every older American would be forced into private Medicare plans, including those that AARP brands.
“But we opposed the legislation nonetheless because we believe the goal should be to strengthen Medicare, not upend it, just as we’ve expressed concern about alternative plans that could use unelected boards to cut Medicare benefits. That has been AARP’s long-stated position, and the well-being of those who need Medicare is the only ‘interest’ we have in this debate.”
I don't think this is going to end well for Paul Ryan. He's already being abandoned by his own party...oh, they talk about ' using Ryan's plan as a starting point', but they can't run away from it - or him - fast enough.
You've got 40 something of his colleagues writing a letter whining to the President about ' let's start over'.
You've got the Senate, who is like, we aren't EVEN gonna let you mess us up that way.
You've got Ryan himself, who has taken to talking of conspiracy theories of progressive websites stocking his townhalls full of people, while he attempts to put Frank Lutz-like flowery language on his dismantling of Medicare.
Naw Son, folks know EXACTLY what you're up to. And, they are responding accordingly.
Right now, all you have mad at you are the Seniors, and everyone who just got their first AARP Card, and who is looking forward to Medicare. The folks who have Mom and Dad in nursing homes thanks to Medicaid haven't quite caught onto THAT part of your scam...
But, they will. And, the fun will just continue.
As far as this fight with AARP..
My money's on the Seniors.
Those mean Seniors...they hurt Paul Ryan's fee fees.