Medicare Heats Up Biden-Ryan Debate
Medicare was one of the biggest flashpoints during the election's first and only vice presidential debate Thursday night.
The Medicare segment of the debate included some of the most frequent interruptions by both Vice President Joe Biden and Republican vice presidential candidate Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wisconsin) in a testy debate as each took turns bashing the other side's impacts on the program.
Ryan blasted the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act for cutting $716 billion from Medicare's growth over the next 10 years and for creating the Independent Payment Advisory Board to reduce future Medicare growth.
"Then they put this new Obamacare board in charge of cutting Medicare each and every year in ways that will lead to denied care for current seniors," Ryan said.
"I heard that death panel argument from Sarah Palin; it seems like every vice presidential debate I hear this kind of stuff about panels," Biden countered.