Finally some truth about the hard realities of Medicare. And the guts to say it to AARP:

Today, our nation faces a political turning point. Government mismanagement and political cowardice are threatening both sides of LBJ’s pledge. Seniors are threatened by Obamacare, a law that would force steep cuts to real benefits in real time for real people. Meanwhile, younger Americans are burdened by an ever-growing national debt and a diminished future.

Here’s the good news: By embracing common-sense reforms now, we can get ahead of the problem and keep the promises people have organized their lives around. If we reform Medicare for my generation, we can protect it for those in or near retirement today.

The first step to a stronger Medicare is to repeal Obamacare, because it represents the worst of both worlds. It weakens Medicare for today’s seniors and puts it at risk for the next generation. First, it funnels $716 billion out of Medicare to pay for a new entitlement we didn’t even ask for. Second, it puts 15 unelected bureaucrats in charge of Medicare’s future. Let’s talk about each in turn.

You should read the whole speech – here’s a link. One report said Mr. Ryan was booed at the beginning, but as he went on, the crowd got noticeably quieter. Truth hurts sometimes.