Romney: My Medicare Plan Is ‘The Same If Not Identical’ To Ryan’s [View all]
By David Edwards
Thursday, August 16, 2012 10:26 EDT
After some initial confusion, presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney is making it clear that his plan for Medicare is “the same if not identical” to a proposal by Rep. Paul Ryan’s (R-WI) that Democrats say would end the program as it exists today.
After Romney announced on Saturday that he had selected Ryan as the vice presidential nominee, a campaign memo sought to distance the presidential candidate’s plan from Ryan’s budget proposal, insisting that “as president he will be putting together his own plan.”
But in an interview with Wisconsin’s WBAY on Wednesday, Romney said he fully embraced the voucher idea in Ryan’s plan.
“Actually, Paul Ryan and my plan for Medicare, I think, is the same if not identical–it’s probably close to identical,” Romney told WBAY’s Matt Smith. “The only change I’d mention for 55 or older is we’d restore the $817 billion President Obama took out of the Medicare trust fund.”