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Nothing but cheers for Paul Ryan's Medicare plan at The Villages



vill.jpgTHE VILLAGES - Several thousand people eager to see Paul Ryan have arrived at the main town square in the Villages, where the Bloody Mary's were selling well before 9 a.m.. Lee Greenwood hasn't taken the stage yet, but somebody who looks a little like Roy Orbison is rocking the seniors with Elvis and Zack Brown hits.

"Protect & Strengthen MEDICARE" says the sign in back of the podium, and it looks like Ryan will have no problem assuring the crowd they have nothing to worry about with their benefits.

"Everybody here knows it's not going to effect them because they're over 55," said Derald Gerhkre, a retiree originally from Wisconsin, referring to the Romney-Ryan promise not to touch benefits for anyone over 55.

"As long as they explain it, they'll be fine," said Dave Hotchkiss, a retiree from Connecticut. "And people like that Paul Ryan doesn't bull----. Everyone else doesn't face the issues. They just talk around them."

"People know Medicare has to be fixed. It has to,'' chimed in his wife, Elise Hotchkiss. "It can't just continue as it is."

Long Island retiree Robert Holohan noted that under Ryan's plan, people under 55 could choose whether to stay in the existing system or move to a voucher payment system.\

"Ryan was a great pick. He's got all the conservative values, plus he's Catholic and is pro-life. "And incidentally. I had my own business - and did not get any help from the government."

[Last modified: Saturday, August 18, 2012 10:26am]


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