Grilling Debbie Wasserman Schultz on Ryan’s Medicare proposals


Conservatives are happily highlighting this exchange between CNN’s Wolf Blitzer and Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, the chair of the Democratic National Committee.

Blitzer is pressing Wasserman Schultz on whether she accepts that Rep. Paul Ryan’s Medicate proposals would only affect people younger than 55, and thus would have no impact on anyone older. Wasserman Schulz does not want to concede the point, but doesn’t have the ready rejoinder, and ends up seeming quite evasive.


Readers of Andrew Sullivan’s Daily Dish blog have some suggestions for arguments she could have made: Among other things, they say that limiting the size of the Medicare pool down the road could eventually have adverse impacts for current beneficiaries, and they argue that it is Ryan’s plans for Medicaid is the big issue for current seniors.

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