Is Paul Ryan really gutsy and prepared to tell the truth (here and here) to a hostile audience or did he think he could pull the wool over their eyes? Clearly the Ryan plan is trying to cater to the already-on Medicare crowd by claiming only the under-55 crowd will have to suffer through vouchers that won’t pay for care. He probably figured the AARP is so selfish that as long as their benefits aren’t directly threatened (now!) that he could con them into denying others the benefit in the future they’re now receiving now.
But his con didn’t work and the crowd booed (at least some group can see the hand in their pockets stealing a legitimate benefit). AARP saw through it and realized that once the Repugs kill Medicare for the under-55 crowd then the next step is to kill it for the over-65 crowd. Unlike the nonsense that the tea party believes (most of whom also get Medicare, but want to keep the government out of it, they’re so damned stupid they don’t even know where Medicare comes from) that somehow Medicare is “welfare” and “redistribution”. Oh right, the tea baggers probably dodged taxes, but I’ve been paying Medicare taxes since my first paycheck. It’s not welfare, it was an accrued payment for a future benefit that the Repugs want to kill so Sheldon Adelson can cut his taxes by a billion and pay nothing.
The Repugs won’t get away with it this time but they’ll keep trying until they have old people dying in the street while the 0.01% live in armed compounds and ignore the mobs outside. Welcome America to third world conditions the obscene rich have planned for us.