I remember hearing yesterday that Mitt Romney would announce his Vice Presidential running mate today. When I woke up this morning, my mom was watching the news and I didn't expect the word to break so early. I live on the East Coast, so Romney and company woke up pretty early to announce it. I didn't hear the name on TV, but when I first glanced at her TV I knew who it was. Paul Ryan, a congressman with considerable power in the House will be teaming up with Mitt Romney.
While Republicans are usually anti-universal health care, most of them take caution when they try to mess with Medicare. First enacted by Democratic president Lyndon B. Johnson, it covered the vast majority of senior citizens who before then were rarely insured. But Paul Ryan (as part of the proposed Ryan Budget) tried to change Medicare as we know it by replacing it with a voucher system. Ironically a plan very similar to Obama's Health Care Reform would do for younger citizens.
Medicare should be expanded to more people, not restricted and reformed. That's called back-pedaling. While the current Health Care Reform has a lot of problems, it's progress that's hardly moved for almost half a century. I'm hoping by the time I'm in a retirement home that even my grandchildren would be insured without a doubt, but I fear with a Ryan-influenced government I might not even be.
"Should any political party attempt to abolish social security, unemployment insurance, and eliminate labor laws and farm programs, you would not hear of that party again in our political history. There is a tiny splinter group, of course, that believes that you can do these things. Among them are a few Texas oil millionaires, and an occasional politician or businessman from other areas. Their number is negligible and they are stupid."