Rick Santorum on The Paul Ryan Plan
Fox News Appearance
In April of 2011, Senator Santorum appeared on Fox News and discussed the Paul Ryan plan and Medicare. He notes that the Paul Ryan plan for Medicare is similar to President Obama's plan in giving vouchers for those who need health care. He states that Medicare Advantage is the same plan the one being proposed.
New Hampshire Debate
In June of 2011, Senator Santorum participated in the New Hampshire Presidential debate. He spoke about his support for the Paul Ryan plan several times.
SANTORUM: No. We have a $1.4 trillion deficit, and it isn't getting any better anytime soon. We have to deal with this problem now. And what Paul Ryan has suggested, which I wholeheartedly support, is to use a program that is identical to what seniors already have. It's called Medicare Part D.
They have a program right now which seniors like. It is a program that's called a premium support program. We give seniors -- depending on income -- a certain amount of money so they can go out and they can purchase health care that they want that helps them -- and this is the key, John -- we need to include seniors in controlling costs.
What President Obama -- let me finish, please -- what President Obama has done is he put in, in the Obamacare bill, the Independent Payment Advisory Board. Ladies and gentlemen, seniors, Medicare is going to be cut, starting in 2014, by the federal government, and it's going to be rationing of care from the top down.
What Paul Ryan and Rick Santorum want to do, which is not radical, which is take a program, Medicare prescription drugs, that is 41 percent under budget, because seniors are involved in controlling costs, and apply it all to Medicare. It is the right approach for Medicare.
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