Obama Hits Romney With New Medicare Study [VIDEO]
President Barack Obama is drawing fresh attention to Medicare in all-important Florida, seizing on an election-year issue that’s been more favorable to Democrats.
Campaigning for a second day in a state where older voters and workers approaching retirement hold sway, Obama was expected to highlight a study by a Democratic leaning group that concluded that on average a man or woman retiring at age 65 in 2023 would have to pay $59,500 more for health care over the length of their retirement under Mitt Romney’s plan.
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The numbers are even higher for younger people who retire later, the study found. A person who qualifies for Medicare in 2030 — today’s 48-year-old — would see an increase of $124,600 in Medicare costs over their retirement period.
The study was conducted by David Cutler, a Harvard professor and health policy expert who served in the Clinton administration and was Obama’s top health care adviser during the 2008 presidential campaign. Cutler conducted the study for the liberal Center for American Progress Action Fund.
Romney says he won’t repeal all of Obamacare
Mitt Romney says his pledge to repeal President Barack Obama’s health law doesn’t mean that young adults and those with medical conditions would no longer be guaranteed health care.
The Republican presidential nominee says he’ll replace the law with his own plan. He tells NBC’s “Meet the Press” that the plan he worked to pass while governor of Massachusetts deals with medical conditions and with young people.
Romney says he doesn’t plan to repeal of all of Obama’s signature health care plan. He says there are a number of initiatives he likes in the Affordable Care Act that he would keep in place if elected president.
Obama has been campaigning on the benefits in his plan for the uninsured, women and young adults.
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