Medicare

  1. Just two days after President Obama made a campaign stop in New Hampshire,  Mitt Romney returned to the Granite State on Monday, this time with running mate Paul Ryan by his side.

    Both men spoke to a crowd of about 3,000 people that showed up to Saint Anselm College in Manchester, denouncing President Obama and his plan for Medicare.

    "Medicare should not be a piggybank for Obamacare," Ryan told the crowd. 

  2. Credit: Getty Images | Mitt Romney picks up an opportunity to swing Florida his way at a campaign stop in St. Augustine Monday, Aug. 13.Supporters of the Republican presidential candidate and his vice presidential pick, Rep. Paul Ryan, told The Florida Times-Union they support the ticket’s plan for Medicare, which could affect how many seniors will vote. From The Florida Times-Union after Romney stopped in St. Augustine on Monday: 

Romney addressed the issue [of cutting Medicaid, which would cause higher costs for the elderly] obliquely, attacking Obama’s plans for the program while laying out no details of his own.
“The president’s idea for Medicare was to cut it by $700 billion,” he said. “That’s not the right answer. We need to make sure we can preserve and protect Medicare.”
The Ryan plan does so, said state Sen. John Thrasher, one of the introducers at the event.
“His plan, assuming it was adopted as is, doesn’t affect anyone over 55,” he said after the speech. “Nothing changes for them.”

    Credit: Getty Images | Mitt Romney picks up an opportunity to swing Florida his way at a campaign stop in St. Augustine Monday, Aug. 13.

    Supporters of the Republican presidential candidate and his vice presidential pick, Rep. Paul Ryan, told The Florida Times-Union they support the ticket’s plan for Medicare, which could affect how many seniors will vote. 

    From The Florida Times-Union after Romney stopped in St. Augustine on Monday: 

    Romney addressed the issue [of cutting Medicaid, which would cause higher costs for the elderly] obliquely, attacking Obama’s plans for the program while laying out no details of his own.

    “The president’s idea for Medicare was to cut it by $700 billion,” he said. “That’s not the right answer. We need to make sure we can preserve and protect Medicare.”

    The Ryan plan does so, said state Sen. John Thrasher, one of the introducers at the event.

    “His plan, assuming it was adopted as is, doesn’t affect anyone over 55,” he said after the speech. “Nothing changes for them.”

    jacksonville.com »

  3. In a July campaign stop in West Palm Beach, Fla., President Obama suggested that Mitt Romney’s plan would turn Medicare into a “voucher program" that would leave out many seniors.

    Medicare, for which citizens over the age of 65 qualify, is a hot topic in Florida, where seniors are 17 percent of the population. 

    Romney says that under his Medicare plan, “lower income seniors in the future will receive the most generous benefits to ensure that they are able to get care every bit as good as that provided in the current Medicare program.” 

    Today in history, the same legislation that created Medicare also created Medicaid.

    ourpresidents:

    On This Day: The Medicare Bill 

    On July 30, 1965, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Social Security Amendments of 1965 which created the Medicare program of health care benefits for those over the age of 65.

    LBJ signed the Act at the Truman Library in Independence, MO. Former President Harry S. Truman had long worked towards the goals of the Act, and he participated in the ceremony. 

    The Trumans were of modest means, and Harry Truman described the event as a “profound personal experience for me.”  Harry and Bess received Medicare registration card numbers 1 and 2 in January, 1966.


    -More on the Medicare Bill from the Presidential Timeline

    presidentialtimeline.org »

  4. msnbc:

Interactive map, click through to see where your state stands on health care, Medicaid. What will it mean for you and your neighbors? Roll over each state to access more data http://on.msnbc.com/MZwmBf

    msnbc:

    Interactive map, click through to see where your state stands on health care, Medicaid. What will it mean for you and your neighbors? Roll over each state to access more data http://on.msnbc.com/MZwmBf

    msnbc »

  5. Florida Gov. Rick Scott told Fox News on Tuesday that getting jobs — not the Affordable Health Care Act — will help Floridians receive health care.

    "Government involvement in health care has only cost health care costs to go up, and it’s rationing care," Scott said. "It’s devastating for patients."

    Scott also addressed the voter purge on “America’s Newsroom.”

    foxnews.com »

  6. As the U.S. Supreme Court works to reach a verdict on President Barack Obama’s healthcare plan, candidates for the open Senate seat in Wisconsin are using healthcare reform as a key talking point.

    Upon four-term Democratic incumbent Herb Kohl’s retirement announcement, Republican candidates former Gov. Tommy Thompson, Dane County businessman Eric Hovde, Assembly Speaker Jeff Fitzgerald and former Congressman Mark Neumann entered the race to join fellow party member Ron Johnson as a Wisconsin U.S. Senator.

    All of the GOP candidates advocate for the repeal of Obamacare and the elimination of guaranteed Medicare for state residents. As the only Democratic candidate running, Rep. Tammy Baldwin has said she will strengthen the state’s Medicare and Social Security programs.

    wsaw.com »

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