Tuesday, August 21, 2012

An Achievement?

The Obama campaign has recently been pushing a false narrative that Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan want to cut Medicare. But there are two key problems with this narrative. The first is that it isn’t true. The second is that President Obama has already cut Medicare. 

In passing his expensive healthcare overhaul known as Obamacare, President Obama cut more than $700 billion from Medicare. Perhaps he thought no one would notice, or that no one would care. He couldn’t have been more wrong. 

Seniors, for one, don’t agree with his actions. For people who worked all their lives and paid, as President Obama likes to call it, “their fair share” in taxes, these cuts are devastating. They made an investment in their retirement, and looked on as President Obama pillaged that investment. 

Even worse is the fact that the President’s campaign has characterized these cuts as an achievement.  I suspect seniors don’t agree with that assessment. I also doubt that the next generation does, either. They’re watching as Medicare speeds down a path to bankruptcy, and President Obama has no plan to bring solvency to the program. 

We need leadership that will offer solutions, not more of the same passing the buck to future generations. Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan will reform Medicare by strengthening it. Under their plan, current retirees and those approaching retirement won’t see any changes. In fact, a Romney-Ryan administration would restore the funding that President Obama raided to pay for Obamacare. They would also ensure that the program our children and grandchildren inherit is one that can keep its promises. 

We don’t need another four more years of President Obama saying one thing and doing another.