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Deutch raps Romney, Ryan on Medicare

by George Bennett | August 20th, 2012

Paul Ryan‘s recent Florida campaign appearance with his mother proves that the Republican plan to overhaul Medicare is a bad deal for future retirees, U.S. Rep. Ted Deutch, D-Boca Raton, told a seniors group this morning.

Deutch, who faces two no-party opponents in November, picked up the endorsement of the labor-backed Florida Alliance of Retired Americans and spoke to about 70 of the group’s members in West Delray.

Ryan made his first Florida campaign appearance as Mitt Romney‘s running mate on Saturday and brought along his 78-year-old mother, Broward County resident Betty Ryan Douglas, to assure a throng of seniors in The Villages that the GOP will protect Medicare.

Ryan’s plan, embraced by Romney, would leave Medicare as is for current recipients and those 55 and older. Those 54 and younger would have the option of traditional Medicare or a government subsidy to purchase private insurance.

“When Paul Ryan stands with his mother and says ‘Don’t worry, don’t worry, this plan is not going to affect you,’ I know what I heard when he said that was ‘I know, Mom, that you would never even vote for your son if we made the kind of cuts in my plan to you that we’re going to make to people under the age of 55,’ ” Deutch said.

“If they (the Medicare changes) are that bad, then we shouldn’t be doing it to anyone, certainly not under this Ryan plan that is so terrible to so many.”

The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office said in March that “beneficiaries might face higher costs” under Ryan’s plan.

Deutch also noted that Ryan’s 2011 and 2012 budget plans included the same $716 billion in reductions in future Medicare spending that are contained in the new federal health care law that Republicans criticize.

Romney, in a break with his running mate, has pledged to reinstate the $716 billion in Medicare spending.

Deutch said that $716 billion came from greater efficiencies and restoring it won’t help beneficiaries.

“When Mitt Romney talks about putting $716 billion back, he’s taking that money, putting billions of dollars back in the hands of insurance companies. He’s taking billions of dollars and putting it back into waste and fraud and abuse in the system,” Deutch said.

While Republicans call the $716 billion “cuts” and Democrats call them “savings” that won’t hurt beneficiaries, CBO offered a less-certain evaluation than either side.

“The restraints on Medicare spending could lead to reduced access to health care; diminished quality of care for Medicare beneficiaries; greater efficiency of health care delivery; less investment in new, high-cost technologies; or some combination of those outcomes. CBO does not have the capability at this time to estimate effects of that sort,” the March report said.


6 Responses to “Deutch raps Romney, Ryan on Medicare”

  1. Mike Trout Congress 2012 Says:

    The debate on healthcare needs to be divorced from politics, and find a new focus driven by science and the quest for excellence. The guiding protocol for our healthcare system has to be based on providing Comprehensive and Preventive, Early and Periodic, Screening, Diagnosis, and Treatment.

  2. whasup Says:

    No Mike,

    It’s that same academically-driven mentality of comprehensive care, which the health care-industrial complex beast has adopted as its mantra, that has produced most of the 30% waste that pumps excess tax and insurance dollars into its maw.

    The “comprehensive care” propaganda is exactly what drives the expansion of services to patients and potential patients, which is all about finding more ways and means and opportunities for the beast to charge the government or insurers for what somebody is selling.

    And they are selling things not based on what people need, as much as what drives their private income.

  3. Mike Trout Congress 2012 Says:

    EPSDT is a decades old protocol used to guide prenatal care, and is based on the most solid and up to the minute state of medical knowledge.

    It may well be that in a profit driven environment that bad actors would seek to manipulate the standard for personal gain.

    HCA is recently reported to be under investigation for excessive cardio and catheterization procedures, presumeably to boost bottom lines. This is not a reason to abandon a protocol that serves patients well when practiced in good faith.

  4. Big Negatives Says:

    Deutch=Wasserman Schultz

    unpleasant to listen to and visually distracting appearance


  5. Yep, Yep Says:

    STEALS $716 Billion from Medicare-those elderly don’t need that money, let’s give it to ObamaCare so others can have it.

    It’s the LIE that ObamaCare is ‘cost neutral’.

    Supposedly, it cost nothing to start up ObamaCare. Yeah, yeah…just take it from the group who needs the money the most and the program that is in dire financial straits.

    LIE by Democrats!

    You just don’t take billions from a program that Seniors need and that is financially suffering and give to a program that is just starting up-Obamacare.

    WAKE UP! ObamaCare MUST be REPEALEd.

    That happens with a new president and a reClaiming of the senate.

    NO Senate=NO Repeal
    NO New President=NO Repeal

  6. Medicare New Mexico Says:

    We can’t trust any politician in this election… Most of them telling lies.

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