New Medicare Attack Ad Out by Romney & Ryan

August 14th, 2012 by

The debate over Medicare is boiling in this election season. President Obama has been hit with a new attack ad from the Romney & Ryan campaign. This is a convenient time for the Republicans to go on the offensive against Obama’s Medicare policies, because Ryan has indicated in the past that he wants to all-but-gut Medicare as it is today. Democrats have said that the Republicans would “end Medicare as we know it.”

Of course the new ad out by the Romney campaign says otherwise. “You paid into Medicare for years… every paycheck,” The ad begins. “Now Obama cut 760 billion dollars from Medicare. Why? To pay for Obamacare… The money you paid for your guaranteed health care is going to a massive new government program that’s not for you.”

The ad further states that: “The Romney Ryan plan protects Medicare benefits for today’s seniors and strengthens the plan for the next generation.”

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The ad is slated to begin running soon in certain key battleground states, especially Florida and parts of the Midwest where the senior population is high.

Though the ad is, in part true (Obama did cut billions from Medicare), Democrats assert that it’s misleading. Democrats say that the $700 billion that Romney states Obama cut only makes cut to future retirees, not current Medicare beneficiaries.

The attack ads aren’t only comin from teh Romney side of the campaign, however. Special interest groups and PACs intend to make Medicare a key part of the political debate. A union group began buying ads in Nevada stating that Romney and Ryan plan to “double seniors’ costs” and “raise the retirement age.” The Democratic National Committee is a bit more acerbic in their characterization of the Republicans. The DNC says Romney and Ryan plan on “throwing seniors under the bus.”

via The New York Times