An easy target
Whether or not one would expect the Ryan plan to improve Medicare, it's clearly an easy target for criticism.
"It will be a voucher plan," one woman says. "Medicare is a boon for senior citizens. Without that, we'd choose between food and going to a doctor."
At least one Republican, in acknowledgment of the plan's risks, is campaigning against the Ryan plan. Rep. Denny Rehberg, who's running for the Senate in Montana, released an ad this summer touting his vote against the Ryan plan. "Rehberg refused to support a Republican budget plan that could harm the Medicare programs so many of Montana's seniors rely on," a narrator says in the ad.
Making Obama a target
As both the Romney and Obama campaigns know, attacking the Ryan plan comes with risks for Democrats who backed the Affordable Care Act."There's only one president that I know of in history that robbed Medicare, $716 billion to pay for a new risky program of his own that we call Obamacare," Romney said on CBS' "60 Minutes" on Sunday.
And while many see problems with the Ryan plan's theory of controlling costs, there is plenty to find fault with in the Affordable Care Act on that front.
Some of Affordable Care Act's cost control mechanisms include "accountable care organizations," which give health care providers incentives to team up and improve the quality of their care. In addition, the Independent Advisory Payment Board (infamously pegged by Republicans as the "death panel"), is tasked with keeping costs under control.
Reinhardt, however, said that accountable care organizations amount to a "nice theory" and that the advisory board "is almost a toothless tiger."
"In America, both parties rely on faith-based analysis," Reinhardt said, when it comes to controlling health care costs. "They're just different faiths."