Rep. Sessions: GOP Must Do Better Job Selling Ryan Plan

Tuesday, 07 Jun 2011 12:59 PM

By Henry J. Reske and Ashley Martella

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Republicans must do a better job of selling Rep. Paul Ryan’s plan to remake Medicare and convincing the American public that his proposal is for the future instead of current seniors, Rep. Pete Sessions tells Newsmax.TV.

“Medicare is a one-size-fits-all program today that is going bankrupt,” said the Texas Republican, who chairs the National Republican Congressional Committee.

“Republicans find themselves in a position where we want a market-based system . . . We’re proposing a system that looks just like what government employees would have,” he said. “Instead of one size fits all, it could be built directly around where a person who is a patient they would make the choices, they would have decision making, and it’s sustainable. Absolutely I support the Paul Ryan plan, and I believe the American public will as soon as they know the difference.”

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Education is the key for gaining support for the plan to transform Medicare into a voucher program, Sessions told Newsmax during a break at the Faith and Freedom Coalition Conference in Washington, D.C., during the weekend.

Republicans must make it clear “that we’re not touching any senior or any person 55 and above.”

“There will be no changes to the system,” he said. “It’s about designing a system for the future. It is about the future of our country and the future of our ability to make healthcare better.”

The issue was paramount in a recent special election for a House seat in New York, where a long-time GOP district turned blue. Sessions downplayed the switch, noting that the electoral waters were muddied by a former Democrat who ran on a third party line as a tea party candidate.

After the public understands the issue, Sessions predicted, the GOP will hold the House and win the Senate.

On another key issue in Washington, raising the debt ceiling, Sessions said Republicans have an “opportunity to engage directly with the president and the Senate because this could be considered a must pass piece of legislation” and push the idea that a dollar should be cut from the budget for every dollar the debt ceiling is raised.


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