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.”