Comments about ‘Undoing Obama Medicare cuts may backfire on Mitt Romney’

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Published: Thursday, Aug. 16 2012 9:17 a.m. MDT

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no fit in SG
St.George, Utah

According to prognosticators, there will be numerous things that will begin backfiring on Mitt Romney, et all, beginning next month. Stay tuned. There will be even more wild and crazy things to discuss. Those with delicate medical issues may chose to excuse themselves.

patriot
Cedar Hills, UT

I listened to Paul Ryan yesterday and he said that everyone under age 54 would be enrolled in a new program - not Medicare. Those 54 and older would stay with Medicare. Ryan understands Obamacare and its 780 billion in Medicare Cuts better than anyone currently in the Obama administration so if there is a big BACK FIRE it is going to come from the team Obama bus once people understand that it is Obama who is cutting Medicare - not Romney.

Roland Kayser
Cottonwood Heights, UT

So President Obama has made cuts to entitlement spending, and Republicans are opposed? What happened to all that concern over deficit reduction?

Veracity
Morgan, UT

People, people, people...consider the source.

Mr. Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar a guest writer for the Associated Press and is always a liberal contributor. What else would you expect someone on Obama's side to say? The article appears as a matter-of-fact column, but the undertones are all liberal.

Do not listen to such fuatter.

ute alumni
Tengoku, UT

earth to st geo:
your guy is in BIG trouble. more to come out on him in the next 70 days......then back to party planning in chicago with his buddies.

atl134
Salt Lake City, UT

@patriot
Did you even read this article? Eh, forget it I'll just copy the relevant part for you.

"Romney's running mate, Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan, kept the Obama cuts in his budget, which envisions greater savings by shifting future retirees into private insurance plans with a fixed payment from the government to help cover their premiums."

So Ryan's plan, which Romney has endorsed, keeps the same Medicare reductions as Obama since those were things related to inefficiencies and fraud issues being cleaned up. Then Ryan goes one step further with his plan about private insurance shopping with vouchers which will work just fine until you know, someone gets sick with pre-existing conditions, but hey old people aren't known for having medical issues right?

UtahBlueDevil
Durham, NC

Perfect example of Republican economics...

"The idea that restoring funding to Medicare could somehow hasten its bankruptcy is on its face absurd," said spokeswoman Andrea Saul."

So the premise is that by not cutting expenses, you can extend the life of the fund. How does that work.... oh... wait... thats right. We can wage two wars, and not raise revenue. Under the Republican plan you can expand benefits, and yet not pay for them. So it makes sense..... you can increase spending - restore funding - and at the same time - extend the life of the program.... all while lowering taxes for everyone....

.... and then the money fairy comes and sprinkles money on everyone... decrease spending... increase spending.... equals a balanced budget. Gotcha!

Hellooo
Salt Lake City, UT

This article is just more spin to confuse people. The cuts were to be from savings from fraud and lower payments to hospitals and Physicians. They are then taken from the program and applied to costs in Obamacare in order to reduce its costs. Of course, the first two years of cuts were not implemented because it would make the payment from Medicare to hospitals and physicians non-competitive causing even more care givers to refuse to give care to medicare recipients. And, fraud was not as high anticipated. But, the administration, Senate and the CBO continue to count the moneys that do not exist as paying for costs of Obamacare. It is classic double talk and double use of money for the purpose of misleading the electorate. Of course, the media just adds to the confusion because it is incompetent any longer to do real investigative reporting. Preferring to just accept as fact the talking points form the DNC or the administration.

xscribe
Colorado Springs, CO

@Atl134: Of course they read it, and then dismissed it! Who would want to admit that the VP they are voting for has the same plan as Obama. So what to do? Blast Obama and hope no one notices. Make things up and hope no one notices. This is how campaigns are won and lost, by the way; who can make the other person sound the worst.

Case in point, from Romney, when talking about Obama: "This means they could deny elderly Americans the care they’ve worked for their entire lives -- all because President Obama trusts bureaucrats more than he trusts seniors and their doctors,” he (Romney) said."

It could mean a lot of things, but this is a scare tactic, plain and simple. Ah, Mitt, such a politician!

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