Take his Prosperity PAC's recent attack on AARP because the organization opposes his plan to end Medicare and gut Medicaid.
"Last week, the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP), a left-leaning pressure group with significant business interests in the insurance industry, launched a national ad campaign that intentionally misleads seniors about the Medicare debate," wrote Pat Shortridge, a senior adviser to Ryan's PAC, in an email to supporters.It was a stupid bit of demagoguery, because if AARP really were only following its own financial self-interest, it would be supporting Ryan, not opposing him.
AARP was quick to respond.
“We make decisions on policy based on what we believe will be in the best interests of Americans over age 50. A recent attack on AARP from a political action committee erroneously suggests otherwise. The truth is that the budget plan passed by the House probably would present more opportunities for AARP to strengthen its finances, since every older American would be forced into private Medicare plans, including those that AARP brands.It's hard to tell who Ryan is trying to impress. Other than his corporate sponsors, he may have some support here and there from members of the base have no understanding of the issues and think they'll never get old. Everyone else, not so much.
“But we opposed the legislation nonetheless because we believe the goal should be to strengthen Medicare, not upend it, just as we’ve expressed concern about alternative plans that could use unelected boards to cut Medicare benefits. That has been AARP’s long-stated position, and the well-being of those who need Medicare is the only ‘interest’ we have in this debate.”