WHITEBOARD: The Truth On Medicare
CHICAGO -- Unfortunately for Mitt Romney, a whiteboard presentation can’t change that he’s got his facts wrong on Medicare – so Obama for America’s Truth Team is releasing a whiteboard of its own to set the record straight. The President has extended the life of the program by nearly a decade. If Romney had his way, it would run out of money by 2016. The President’s health care law eliminates insurance company subsidies, and cracks down on waste and fraud in Medicare – saving $716 billion – and doesn’t cut a single guaranteed Medicare benefit. Congressman Ryan included the same savings in his budget, which Romney called ‘marvelous’ and said he’d sign into law.
it makes sense that Romney wouldn’t want to tell the truth: the
Romney-Ryan budget eliminates the guarantee of Medicare and instead
provides people with a voucher
to buy health care. In fact, a voucher plan authored by Paul Ryan and
endorsed by Romney would cost future retirees an additional $6,400.
ATLANTA, GA - American Seniors Association, the nation's fastest
growing senior's advocacy today re-stated its criticism of President
Obama's $700 billion cuts to Medicare and his continuing resistance to
innovative reforms that would make the program financially secure and
sustainable for generations of seniors to come.
"President Obama's Medicare cuts and his reductions in reimbursements to doctors have done more to destabilize Medicare than any other Presidential action in the history of the program," said Phil Kent, President and CEO of American Seniors Association. "For him to be critical of the Romney/Ryan proposal which stabilizes the program for existing and rising seniors while developing financially sound alternatives for younger populations is reckless and cynical."
American Seniors has long supported the bi-partisan Ryan-Wyden premium support model proposed by U.S. Congressman Paul Ryan, R-Wis., and U.S. Senator Ron Wyden, D-Ore. Under the Ryan-Wyden premium support model, seniors would be able to pick from an array of private insurance options similar to the benefit choices made in the private sector. These plans would be subsidized by a defined contribution, roughly equal to what the government now spends per person. This $15,000 subsidy would grow over time, but seniors who want more expensive plans would still be allowed to do so by paying with personal funds.
"There is no question that Medicare needs to be modernized and reformed," said Kent. "But the reforms must include choices and options that allow the nation's seniors to choose the plans that fit their individual needs and finances. Giant government one-size-fits-all programs are dinosaurs in an age of individual choice and mass customization."
Kent also cautioned political elites and the media not to assume that all or most seniors follow a single leadership on the issues of Medicare and Social Security. And, he especially cautioned them to not believe that large Washington-based "retirement" organizations fully represent or speak for a large and diverse senior population.
"America's seniors are intelligent, thoughtful, independent and largely conservative," said Kent. "They know that Medicare is at risk and they want elected officials that are proposing thoughtful and creative alternatives. The Romney/Ryan proposal is a responsible and indicates the type of leadership that American seniors admire and support. "
ABOUT AMERICAN SENIORS ASSOCIATION The American Seniors Association is the new voice of America's seniors with more than 13 million members and growing. ASA is committed to making sure that America's seniors have the choices, information, and services they need to live healthier, wealthier lives. To learn more, visit www.americanseniors.org.
FROM: RNC Communications Director Sean Spicer @seanspicer
TO: Interested Parties
RE: Weekend Messaging Memo: GOP on
Over the last week, you've seen Republicans on offense on Medicare, putting President Obama and the Democrats on desperate defense.
Gov. Romney and Congressman Ryan have outlined their plan to protect Medicare for seniors and those near retirement and to strengthen Medicare for future generations. The Democrats, meanwhile, have fallen back to typical tactics: demagogue the issue, distort the Republican position, and attempt to scare seniors.
But it's not working. That's because President Obama is the only president who took over $700 billion from Medicare to fund Obamacare. (In this 2009 interview, he was even proud of it.) Obama-Biden is the only ticket without a plan to save Medicare. With no plan, they let Medicare go bankrupt in twelve years, which will mean either reduced benefits or higher taxes.
In contrast, the Romney plan will protect Medicare for today's seniors. And by strengthening the program for those under 55, Romney and Ryan will keep Medicare solvent into the future.
The focus on Medicare further exposes the president's hypocrisy and reminds voters of his many broken promises. He knows there's a problem; he wrote about it in his 2006 book. In a 2008 debate, he said he wanted to pursue reform in his first term as president. Yet, four years later, he still has no plan. He only cares about Medicare if he can demagogue the issue.
The president has no credibility on the issue, and as such, he has no ground to stand on in this debate. (Watch CNN's Wolf Blitzer expose DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz's Medicare distortions.)
As is the case on nearly every issue--the economy, jobs, the deficit, ethics--there is a wide gulf between President Obama's rhetoric and his record.
So it's no surprise the president has been avoiding the press lately. As I pointed out in a Tuesday memo, President Obama has not taken questions from the White House press corps in over eight weeks. I noted 10 pressing questions on which the American people deserve answers, and Medicare is at the top of the list:
1) Why did you cut $716 billion from Medicare?
2) Do you condemn the Obama SuperPAC's desperate and despicable ad campaign?
3) How do you explain the July increase in unemployment and slowing GDP growth?
4) Why is your plate too full for your own Jobs Council?
5) Did you approve of David Plouffe's profiting from a sponsor of terrorism?
6) Can you explain to business owners your "You didn't build that" comment?
7) Do you condone your staff using personal email accounts to conduct government business?
8) Why didn't you stop the restructuring of Solyndra's loan?
9) Why did you invoke executive privilege on the Fast and Furious scandal?
10) Can you reconcile the conflicting responses to national security leaks?
And after Joe Biden's campaign stops this week, we have a few more questions. (We'd probably have even more if Vice President Biden's staff had not edited the press pool report.)
It's not as though the president doesn't have time for press. He's done recent interviews with Top 40 radio, People magazine, and Entertainment Tonight. It makes you wonder if he's running for a second term or a spot on Dancing with the Stars.
But more to the point: A president doing Entertainment Tonight--and avoiding the White House press--is not a president who thinks he's winning the Medicare debate.