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Obama's Medicare Fear Mongering Will Drown in the Facts

In the Majority Wrote: Aug 17, 2012 10:27 AM
The $716 billion "cut": 1) the Ryan plan makes the EXACT SAME "CUT" 2) most of the cut, in both the Obama and Ryan plans, come from cutting the Medicare Advantage programs --- pre-"cut", Medicare Advantage received an amount per senior equal to the average cost of a senior on Medicare -- then they enrolled only the healthier seniors. post-"cut" - Medicare Advantage received the ACTUAL cost of the Seniors, plus 3%
Analysts may be correct that the presidential election won't primarily turn on entitlements reform, but by choosing Paul Ryan as his running mate, Mitt Romney can, contrary to conventional wisdom, make it a winning issue and lay the foundation for a reform mandate when he wins.

Besides, the economy and entitlements are wholly integrated issues: We cannot ultimately fix the economy long term without entitlement reform, and we can't balance the budget or retire the debt without a growing economy.

Democrats appear jubilant about the Ryan pick, believing his close association with entitlement reform provides an opening...