"I think you might have heard the word 'voucher' earlier today, right?" Ryan asked the crowd, referring to the president's speech. "Let me explain. That's a poll-tested word basically designed to scare today's seniors. [...]"
Let's just rewind a bit, to Paul Ryan on Medicare in 2009.
What I do is propose a lot of different solutions. [...] Means testing our entitlement programs, optional person retirement accounts for Social Security, converting Medicare to a defined contribution, sort of a voucher system, extra assistance for low-income, means testing higher income. [...]
But wait, there's more in 2010:
Medicaid, let's give the states, the laboratories of democracy, the ability to customize their programs to meet their people's needs. I would also say to people, "Look, we're going to give you a voucher to get private health insurance," we're going to give protection to people with pre-existing conditions, and we're going to let them go into the marketplace and get private health insurance like everybody else. [...]
So they "poll-tested" Ryan's favorite solution for the poors and found out that people really hate it. It's not the word that's the problem, Mr. Ryan, it's your ideas.