As spokesman for the 60-Plus Association, Boone might be the only prominent senior advocate speaking up in favor of GOP entitlement reforms. Is he onto something?
In the 1950s, Pat Boone crooned. In the late 1990s, he crooned metal.
But since 2003, Boone has served as spokesman for the 60 Plus Association, a group that advocates on issues related to seniors, positing itself as a conservative counterweight to AARP on some issues. He does not get paid for his work, according to the group.
Now, Boone is campaigning for Rep. Paul Ryan's (R-Wisc.) Medicare plan, which would transform Medicare from a fee-for-service health coverage provider to a supplier of direct checks to seniors. Under Ryan's plan, seniors would get "premium support" payments to buy private insurance from a list of government-approved plans.
"Harry Reid and his cohorts are not fooling seniors with the 'Medi-scare' tactics. Rep. Ryan's budget will not end Medicare. Instead, it will preserve the offerings of this program for our children and grandchildren," Boone wrote in a 60 Plus press release Friday morning. "He's not proposing to take $500 billion out of Medicare -- that's President Obama's plan!"
Boone continued: "When they controlled Washington, Democrats, led by President Obama, failed to address the solvency issue of Medicare. ... This course will lead to certain bankruptcy. This senior isn't going to take it. I'm going to lace up my white shoes and spread the news far and wide that this administration is trying to mislead and scare seniors."