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It’s Obama who guts Medicare, not Romney and Ryan

Posted: August 15, 2012 at 4:34 am   /   by


With every paycheck, Americans paid more and more into Medicare. Now, when you need it most, President Obama cut Medicare to pay for Obamacare. Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan will strengthen Medicare and protect the commitments made to current seniors.

Here’s Romney on the stump in Ohio:

“There’s another promise he made. You know that every time you get a paycheck you see there’s a deduction there. It’s going to Medicare. It’s going into a trust account to make sure that when you retire, that there’s a health program there that will care for you. One of the things the President did which I find extraordinary, something he never mentioned when he was running for office. You see, when he ran for office, he said he’d protect Medicare. But did you know that he’s taken $716 billion out of the Medicare trust fund. He’s raided that trust fund. And you know what he did with it? He’s used it to pay for Obamacare, a risky, unproven federal government takeover of health care. And if I’m President of the United States, we’re putting the $716 billion back.”

The actuaries have told us, it’s not a matter of if, but when Medicare will go bankrupt. Something has to be done. We are at the point in our society where a majority of people still want Medicare (personally, I’d rather have my tax money back and have total personal choice, but that’s another matter). This means that the best plan is the plan that saves Medicare. Obama and his cadre have no plan other than to use money from Medicare to pay for Obamacare, do some double-counting and other fuzzy math, and use all this to buy votes and stay in power to accomplish their other aims. It’s highly cynical.

Romney and Ryan have a plan that helps bend the debt curve and strengthen these entitlement plans for future generations, while injecting choice.

On the other hand, you have Obama’s “plan,” which does nothing, and has already robbed the plan of $716 billion. This truly is a choice election.

Christopher Cook

Christopher Cook

Managing Editor at Western Free Press
Christopher Cook is a writer, editor, and political commentator. He is the president of Castleraine, Inc., a consulting firm providing a diverse array of services to corporate, public policy, and not-for-profit clients.

Ardently devoted to the cause of human freedom, he has worked at the confluence of politics, activism, and public policy for more than a decade. He co-wrote a ten-part series of video shorts on economics, and has film credits as a researcher on 11 political documentaries, including Citizens United's notorious film on Hillary Clinton that became the subject of a landmark Supreme Court decision. He is the founder of several activist endeavors, including (now a part of Western Free Press) and He is currently the managing editor of and principal contributor to
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It's Obama who guts Medicare, not Romney and Ryan