DNC - Video: Jon Huntsman Says "Guilty as Charged" to Ending Medicare as We Know It

Watch the video here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gfMHn5EYd9I

At an event today in Florida, Jon Huntsman said he was “guilty as charged” for supporting the Ryan plan, which ends Medicare as we know it and shifts costs on to seniors.

 HUNTSMAN: "When I arrived in Florida yesterday, I was called a radical. Now my kids call me names from time to time, you know, not always radical. I was called a radical because I believe in balancing the  budget. I was called a radical  because I’ve embraced the Ryan plan. Now if you take a look at the Ryan plan there are some pretty good fixes and solutions there. Well, that's ok, you get name calling every now and again in politics. All I can say is guilty as charged. I must accept that outcome if that's what people choose to do."

The Ryan Plan Ends Medicare As We Know It And Gives More Tax Breaks To Millionaires And Billionaires. The House Republican budget proposed by Rep. Paul Ryan ends Medicare as we know it for those under 55 and essentially replaces it with a voucher program that shifts costs to beneficiaries. While our seniors will pay more, the plan gives more tax breaks to millionaires and billionaires. [CBO, 4/5/11]

The Ryan Plan Will Double Out Of Pocket Costs For The Elderly, Meaning $7,300 More For Florida Seniors. Under the Ryan Medicare plan, health care costs for a typical 65-year-old in 2022 will double. In Florida, seniors will pay an estimated $7,300 for care. [Joint Economic Committee, 5/20/11]