Campaign Headlines August 16, 2012: Mitt Romney Discusses Medicare Reform Plan at Press Conference in South Carolina

CAMPAIGN 2012

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THE HEADLINES….

Romney Sends Mixed Signals on Medicare Reform Plan

Source: ABC News Radio, 8-16-12

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Mitt Romney took another crack at resetting the Medicare debate on Thursday, calling an impromptu press conference on the tarmac of a South Carolina airport.

With a black marker in his hand and a whiteboard to his side, the Republican presidential candidate tried to spell out, literally, the differences between his and President Obama’s policies.

“You’re going to have to take me over here,” Romney said, asking the cameras to track along with him as he gestured toward his handy visual aid.  “As you can see, there’s no change in Medicare for seniors.  None, under my plan.”

“My plan stays the same.  No adjustments, no changes, no savings,” Romney said.

“Next generation retirees,” he added, will get “the option of having standard Medicare, a fee for service-type government run Medicare, or private run Medicare.”…READ MORE

Romney: President Obama’s $716 Billion Medicare Cut Is A Mistake

Source: Mitt Romney Press, 8-16-12

“Under the current projections, Medicare will be insolvent in 12 years, and that’s not acceptable to me. That’s why we have worked very hard to come up with a solution. But, the idea that the President has put forward, cutting $716 billion out of Medicare? I think that’s a real mistake.” – Mitt Romney

Fox 35 Orlando
August 15, 2012

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MITT ROMNEY: “But I would note that the President has a plan for people who are 55 years and older. If Obamacare is allowed to be installed, Medicare will be raided by $716 billion. The President takes $716 out of the Medicare trust fund to pay for Obamacare. I think this is something which seniors are going to be very concerned about. Paul Ryan and I are talking about what adjustments we should make to Medicare for young people so that when they come along and become seniors, that they have a program that’s solvent. Under the current projections, Medicare will be insolvent in 12 years, and that’s not acceptable to me. That’s why we have worked very hard to come up with a solution. But, the idea that the President has put forward, cutting $716 billion out of Medicare? I think that’s a real mistake.”

Romney: President Obama Cut Medicare To Pay For Obamacare

 Source: Mitt Romney Press, 8-15-12 
WTSP-Tampa, FL
August 15, 2012

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MITT ROMNEY: “What the people are focused on is the issue of Medicare and the fact that under the President’s plan, he cuts Medicare by $716 billion, takes that money out of the Medicare trust fund, and uses it to pay for Obamacare. And I think this is something which people are just now focused on and they find it very, very difficult to understand why he would cut Medicare funding for our current seniors.”

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