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Obama rips GOP on Medicare, mentions Space Coast jobs in Melbourne

by George Bennett | September 9th, 2012

MELBOURNE — President Obama renewed his attacks on Republican plans for Medicare during a campaign stop today, saying the GOP would “bankrupt” the senior health insurance program while he would strengthen it.

“I want you to know, Florida, I will never turn Medicare into a voucher,” Obama told a crowd of about 3,000 at the Florida Institute of Technology on the second day of a weekend bus tour through Florida.

The tour includes a stop in West Palm Beach later this afternoon.

“I’ve already strengthened Medicare. We’ve already added years to the life of Medicare,” Obama said, referring to the federal health care law’s $716 billion slowdown in projected future Medicare increases that Republicans have attacked as cuts.

With the changes, Medicare trustees say the program will remain solvent through 2024 instead of 2016.

Obama said the $716 billion won’t affect beneficiaries. And he said Mitt Romney‘s pledge to restore the spending wouldn’t help seniors, but would “give money back to the insurance companies.”

The Obama campaign pointed to a Center for American Progress Action Fund paper that says a person who turns 65 in 2023 would see $59,500 in additional out-of-pocket costs for Medicare over his lifetime under. The figure would be $124,600 from those who turn 65 in 2030, the study says.

The study’s authors include Harvard economist David Cutler, who was a senior health care adviser to Obama.

“President Obama’s latest false attacks are a sign of desperation,” said Romney spokesman Ryan Williams. “Only one candidate in this race has robbed today’s Medicare of $716 billion to pay for Obamacare – Barack Obama. He has done nothing to reform Medicare for the long haul and prevent it from going bankrupt, and on his watch family health care premiums have increased by nearly $2,500. The President’s decision to use discredited studies and outright falsehoods to attack Mitt Romney is an admission that he can’t talk about his record of crushing the middle class and failing to turn the economy around.”

During the appearance in the Republican-leaning Space Coast, Obama gave brief mention to the region’s aerospace industry.

“Here on the Space Coast, we started a new era of American exploration that is creating new jobs right here,” said Obama, who scrapped the Constellation program advocated by former President George W. Bush and has called for more relying on more private space initiatives.

Obama called the recent landing of an unmanned craft on Mars “an example of what we do when we combine our science, our research, or ability to commercialize, new products, making them here in America. So this is where we get a choice. We could, as the House Republican budget proposes, cut back on technology, or we can continue to be cutting-edge.”

The enthusiastic crowd included a woman who, after Obama talked about Medicare, shouted “That’s why we need a new governor.”

The remark drew big applause.

“I’m talking about the federal election right now,” Obama said after the cheering stopped, passing up a chance to jab Republican Gov. Rick Scott.

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9 Responses to “Obama rips GOP on Medicare, mentions Space Coast jobs in Melbourne”

  1. Dale E Shaw Says:

    Isn’t that peculiar that a DEMOCRAT encourages the privatization of the space program while REPUBLICANS think the government should spend more on it? Republicans are BIG SPENDERS, but they want tax breaks at the same time. I wish that for myself too, unfortunately the only way to do it is to charge it on my credit card. If only I knew somebody else who could take care of the payments and the blame! Obama is still cleaning up Bush’s mess, guys, sorry he’s not recovered fast enough for you to take a good economy and slam it to the ground AGAIN!

  2. Tom Says:

    VoucherCare will never fly in Florida.

  3. oracle Says:

    Space exploration is one thing the government does well and should do.Obama has decimated NASA because since he was a boy he saw it it as a symbol of America arrogance and now he has a chance to put a stop to it. No more amazing American missions! Ever !Let private companies start over and re-invent rocketry.

  4. Eric Says:

    HHS pilot program to send 2 million poor seniors from Medicare into “voucher” programs.

    http://nationaljournal.com/healthcare/obama-more-flexible-on-medicare-than-rhetoric-suggests-20120908?page=1

    How can he say that he won’t put seniors into a voucher program? When he is going to force 2 million plus of the poorest and most-vulnerable seniors out of the federal Medicare program and into private health insurance plans overseen by the states.

  5. Sally Says:

    Damn, he lies. He is as good a liar as Clinton.

  6. willie Says:

    Great pick of a community Mr. President. Hack NASA and create thousands of new IRS jobs for your Health care scam.

  7. Results Matter Says:

    Obama wants to hire 14,000 IRS agents to help police Obamacare, but has no problem putting 8,000 rocket scientists out of work.

    No wonder the Clintons call him an amateur.

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