Just how bad has the Ryan/Republican plan to end Medicare and replace it with a voucher program become in the public policy world? Now, even Tea Party leaders are trying to distance themselves from a plan they cheered for not so long ago. In fact, one leader in Florida is even referring to it as "a nightmare."
Via Talking Points Memo:
In an email to fellow Tea Partiers last week, obtained by The Palm Beach Post, [South Florida Tea Party Chairman Everett] Wilkinson called the GOP plan a "public policy nightmare" that could trigger "huge Democratic wins in 2012," and prompt Republicans to blame the Tea Party for their losses.
"Republicans will lose if they support the Ryan Medicare plan. Americans do not support the [Paul] Ryan plan," he wrote. "Expect the GOP to then blame the Tea Party for losses."
The greatest moment of underestimating for the far right when it came to creating a plan that would dismantle the social safety net and eliminate the right for all elderly to be able to access affordable health care was when they believed that everyone over the age of 55 would support it because at least it wasn't their benefits being affected.
The GOP assumed that seniors would be selfish enough to agree to letting them end Medicare as long as they could still have the program. The major undoing for Republicans was believing the rest of the country was as completely self-interested as they were. The backlash of popular opinion in Florida, a state with one of the highest per capita population of seniors in the country, is showing the conservatives what America really thinks of their "entitlement reforms."