By: Chairman Matt Pinnell
Whether it’s failing to denounce an ad accusing Mitt Romney of killing a woman or Joe Biden claiming Republicans want to put people back in chains, last week marked another bad week for Barack Obama. As team Obama continues to run a campaign based on false statements and negative attacks, Americans stand ready to elect a new leader to the White House.
Take Medicare for example. While the “Republicans want to push grandma off a cliff” attacks tend to come every election cycle, Democrats are getting a head start this year following the selection of Paul Ryan for Vice President. The problem? Barack Obama and his Democrat allies already raided Medicare to the tune of $716 billion to fund his unpopular Obamacare - a fact that is not in dispute.
The truth is, the Romney-Ryan ticket is committed to restoring the cuts Obama has made to Medicare, a full-repeal of the monstrous Obamacare bill, and a plan to begin setting Medicare on stable ground for the future - so that Medicare will be there not just for those at or near retirement age, but will be a solvent, effective program for generations to come.
Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan are committed to making the necessary changes to Medicare to shore it up for future generations. Their plan: (a) makes no changes to Medicare for those over 55; (b) starting in 2022, transitions Medicare to a premium support model with competitive bidding to determine support levels, (c) offers traditional Medicare as an option competing in that system, and (d) means-tests the premium support so that lower-income seniors receive the most generous assistance.
For the last several years, Democrats have proposed to do absolutely nothing to reform Medicare to ensure its effectiveness well into the future, making their attacks against Republicans patently disingenuous. But with the Obama Administration’s raid of $716b from Medicare to fund the unpopular Obamacare - the attacks are even more ridiculous than usual.
Only President Obama threatens access to care for seniors and cuts off the insurance plans that millions rely on, all to pay for a federal takeover of the health care system that a majority of Americans continue to oppose. If the President and his Democrat allies believe this is the right approach, they should stand up and defend it rather than attempt to divert attention with false attacks against the Romney-Ryan plan.
Yes, it’s been another bad week for Barack Obama. The good news? Just 11 more bad weeks left for this President before we get him out of office and begin the hard work of getting our country back on track.