Spreading the truth on Medicare across America is very much the goal of Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan. Right now, the focus is on Florida…
A couple of days ago, Mitt Romney was interviewed by Sonni Abatta with FOX 35 TV in Orlando, Florida (Aug 15, 2012). Along with other topics, Romney told it like it is on Medicare, how his plan will affect hispanics, and refuted Obama’s lies. (At the end of the interview, Ms. Abatta also asked Governor Romney “If you’re in the White House, what is your favorite pastime going to be?”) Take a look:
● Romney’s press team today released ‘ONE YEAR LATER, MEDICARE IS STILL GOING BROKE‘:
One Year Ago Today, President Obama Warned That Failing To Fix Medicare Would “Gobble Up Basically The Entire Federal Budget”:
President Obama, One Year Ago Today: “The Bigger Problem Is Medicare And Medicaid. … Medicare And Medicaid Would Gobble Up Basically The Entire Federal Budget.” OBAMA: “The bigger problem is Medicare and Medicaid. And the reason that’s a problem is because health care costs keep on going up faster than inflation, people’s wages, people’s incomes at the same time as folks are getting older, so we’ve got more people into the system. And if we didn’t do anything, then Medicare and Medicaid would gobble up basically the entire federal budget.” (President Barack Obama, Remarks, Alpha, IL, 8/17/11)
What Has President Obama “Achieved” During His Four Years In Office? He’s Failed To Lead On Fixing Medicare And Slashed $716 Billion To Pay For Obamacare:
According To The Nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office, Obamacare Cuts $716 Billion From Medicare. (Congressional Budget Office, Letter To Speaker John Boehner, 7/24/12)
The Miami Herald: “Obama’s $700 Billion Medicare-Cut Problem” (Marc Caputo, “Obama’s $700 Billion Medicare-Cut Problem,” The Miami Herald, 8/12/12)
President Obama’s Senior Campaign Aide Bragged That President Obama “Achieved” $700 Billion In “Cuts In Medicare.” CUTTER: “Well, you know ask the wealthy to pay a little bit more. Cut waste from the government. Reform Medicare. More than $300 billion in savings from Medicare. On top of the savings we’ve already achieved. You know I heard Mitt Romney deride the $700 billion cuts in Medicare that the president achieved through health care reform.” (CBS’s “Face The Nation,” 8/12/12)
And Millions Of Seniors Are The Ones Who Will Pay The Price For President Obama’s Medicare Cuts:
FactCheck.org: “The Promise That ‘Benefits Will Remain The Same’ Is Just As Fictional As The Town Of Mayberry…” “Currently, about 1 in every 4 Medicare beneficiary is enrolled in a Medicare Advantage plan. For many of them, the words in this ad ring hollow, and the promise that ‘benefits will remain the same’ is just as fictional as the town of Mayberry was when Griffith played the local sheriff.” (Brooks Jackson, “Mayberry Misleads On Medicare,” FactCheck.org, 7/31/10)
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● VP candidate Paul Ryan will be in important swing state Florida tomorrow to spread Medicare truth at a Victory Rally with senior citizens at ‘The Villages’ – the worlds largest retirement community. 31,860 residents at The Villages received Social Security benefits at the end of 2010. Ryan is bringing along a special guest – country music artist Lee Greenwood. Another noteworthy guest will be there, too – a very important advocate for the Romney/Ryan approach to Medicare – Ryan’s 78 year-old mother, Betty.
Ryan’s stop in Florida will be his first visit there since becoming the VP candidate. The big event is scheduled for 10AM-11AM Eastern time. For televised coverage check C-Span tomorrow.
● Mitt Romney Press today also shared this hit-the-nail-on-the-head article on ‘The Mediscare Boomerang‘:
Wall Street Journal
August 16, 2012
President Obama all but called Paul Ryan’s Medicare reform un-American in 2011, and Democrats have since spent 16 months running their familiar Mediscare campaign. But all of a sudden liberals and their media bodyguards claim to be scandalized because Mitt Romney has the nerve to defend himself by describing Mr. Obama’s own “Medicare cuts.” How dare he?
The double standard is predictable, but the furor is also instructive. For the first time in memory, voters this year may have a choice between two very different philosophies about how Medicare ought to evolve. The political class is spitting nails because, thanks largely to ObamaCare, a reform agenda might finally get a fair hearing.
According to the usual Beltway rules, the Washington potentates call for an honest debate even as they defend or excuse the rank Democratic falsehoods in order to defeat even the modest reform that they will then claim we need, if only there had been an honest debate. The Republicans are supposed to act like Quakers amid the pummeling and are only allowed to appeal to columnists and wonks with their boring old budget charts and obscure details. And then lose elections.
Well, now we’re learning that the same tactics can be used against Democrats too. The difference this time is that the Romney-Ryan ticket is trying to create a political shock absorber against Mediscare so voters can consider the substance of a genuine reform alternative that modernizes the entitlement state, rather than simply expanding it.
The larger reality is that Medicare cannot and will not continue as it is, as the President used to admit. A sampler of his rhetoric from the town-hall summer of 2009: “Mark my words,” he declared in Grand Junction, Colorado, “Medicare in about eight to nine years goes into the red. . . . It is going broke.” He added in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, that “What is truly scary—what is truly risky—is if we do nothing” because Medicare is “unsustainable” and “running out of money.” In Belgrade, Montana, he said the program must be reformed “to be there for the next generation, not just for this generation.”
Paul Ryan and Mitt Romney are proposing an alternative to protect Medicare patients from this government-run future, and nothing in the GOP Mediscare counterattack is remotely as misleading as the attacks that Mr. Obama has been making against their reform. The Romney-Ryan plan doesn’t “end Medicare as we know it,” doesn’t include vouchers, and doesn’t force seniors to shoulder the $6,400 in higher health costs that Mr. Obama mentions at every campaign stop.
Their “premium support” reform explicitly preserves traditional fee-for-service Medicare. Starting in 2023, seniors could either pick traditional Medicare or choose from a menu of regulated private plans. The reform is modeled after the health program that already covers all federal workers, including Members of Congress. The subsidies increase with health costs, so seniors wouldn’t bear more risk.
That’s the real reason liberals and the press corps claim to be so upset by the Romney Medicare ad. By governing so far to the left, Mr. Obama may have neutralized Mediscare and made voters more receptive to center-right solutions. Medicare is already changing because it must. The difference this year is that Republicans have a plan to save it.
● David Limbaugh today writes:
Obama … fraudulently claims that Ryan’s original plan didn’t put Obamacare’s stolen $716 billion back into the Medicare fund, either. But Ryan’s plan never took that money out in the first place because it involved a full repeal of Obamacare. Romney, for his part, clearly doesn’t contemplate robbing the Medicare fund. Obama doesn’t believe in market reforms and so has no ideas other than to impose top-down cost controls, which cannot work. His re-election guarantees the insolvency of Medicare — and ultimately of the entire federal government.
The Romney-Ryan plan preserves benefits for current and future seniors and would drive costs down through competition, thereby shoring up Medicare’s solvency and averting the principal driver of national insolvency. This is a debate Obama can’t win on the merits, so expect increasing demagoguery, fear and stridency. But the truth will prevail.
Read the entire article here.
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