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  • Surprise! HHS pilot program to send 2 million poor seniors from Medicare into … voucher programs

    09/08/2012 10:36:13 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    Hotair ^ | 09/08/2012 | Ed Morrissey
    I know that every campaign promise Barack Obama makes has an expiration date ... but this is ridiculous. The confetti is barely off the floor at the Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte, North Carolina after Obama’s acceptance speech, and already we find out that he’s flip-flopped. Remember this part of the speech, in which he attacks the Paul Ryan plan to apply free-market reform and cost controls to Medicare? And I will — I will never turn Medicare into a voucher.No American should ever have to spend their golden years at the mercy of insurance companies. They should retire...
  • Obama More Flexible on Medicare Than Rhetoric Suggests (Start of a VOUCHER PROGRAM ?)

    09/08/2012 9:37:24 AM PDT · by bobsunshine · 6 replies
    NationalJournal ^ | September 8, 2012 | Margot Sanger-Katz
    In his convention speech in Charlotte, President Obama vowed to block the Republican Medicare reform plan because “no American should ever have to spend their golden years at the mercy of insurance companies.” But back in Washington, his Health and Human Services Department is launching a pilot program that would shift up to 2 million of the poorest and most-vulnerable seniors out of the federal Medicare program and into private health insurance plans overseen by the states. The administration has accepted applications from 18 states to participate in the program, which would give states money to purchase managed-care plans for...
  • HHS pilot program to send 2 million poor seniors from Medicare into … voucher programs

    09/08/2012 8:27:04 AM PDT · by Justaham · 6 replies
    hotair.com ^ | 9/8/12 | Ed Morrissey
    I know that every campaign promise Barack Obama makes has an expiration date … but this is ridiculous. The confetti is barely off the floor at the Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte, North Carolina after Obama’s acceptance speech, and already we find out that he’s flip-flopped. Remember this part of the speech, in which he attacks the Paul Ryan plan to apply free-market reform and cost controls to Medicare?
  • Dems twist jobs numbers and GOP Medicare ideas

    09/05/2012 11:26:43 PM PDT · by ransomnote · 1 replies
    nbcpolitics.nbcnews.com ^ | September 5, 2012 | AP
    On Day 2 of the Democratic National Convention, speakers cherry-picked employment numbers to make President Barack Obama's record on jobs look better than it is and misrepresented Republican proposals on Medicare to cast them in the worst light. A look at some of the claims from the stage, in speeches preceding former President Bill Clinton's featured address Wednesday night, and how those assertions compare with the facts: Rep. Nancy Pelosi of California, House Democratic leader: "Democrats will preserve and strengthen Medicare. Republicans will end the Medicare guarantee." House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., delivers a speech at the DNC, Wednesday,...
  • Does Paul Ryan Want to Take Medicare Away From Seniors?[It's OK, Grandma, he's not a meany}

    09/05/2012 8:07:25 PM PDT · by Salvation · 19 replies
    CE.com ^ | September 5th, 2012 | Dr. Tracy C. Miller
    Does Paul Ryan Want to Take Medicare Away From Seniors? PoliticsSeptember 5th, 2012 Dr. Tracy C. Miller A year ago, opponents attacked Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), claiming that his plan to reform Medicare would kill grandma by taking away her benefits. Mitt Romney, who, of course, has chosen Ryan as his running mate, is proposing similar changes to Medicare. Does Ryan want to gut Medicare? To the contrary, Ryan’s intention is to save Medicare. The problem, however, is that Ryan’s proposal, although a step in the right direction, does not go far enough. More drastic measures need to be taken...
  • Democratic strategists say, "Embrace Obamacare"

    09/05/2012 1:16:51 PM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 10 replies
    CCHF newsletter ^ | 9-5-12 | twila brase
    At last night's convention they did. In fact, Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services said, "Obamacare is a badge of honor." A September 4 memo from liberal strategists Stan Greenberg and James Carville includes a section titled "Embrace Obamacare" which says: "With a new focus on how the Affordable Care Act makes health insurance more affordable, Obama ought to educate on the ability to buy affordable coverage, not being hit by big increases or being denied coverage due to a pre-existing condition (now abolished), the tax credits to make insurance affordable for small business,...
  • Are the Media Telling the Truth About Romney's "Lies"?

    09/05/2012 4:25:39 AM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 4 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 09/04/12 | John Merline
    It has now become an accepted fact by the mainstream press that Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan are engaged in a campaign of, to put it charitably, untruths. Typical is a report by the New York Times' Jackie Calmes, who wrote last week that the "number of falsehoods and misleading statements from the Romney campaign coming in for independent criticism has reached a level not typically seen." [snip] But most of the allegations of lying don't hold up well to closer examination. Worse, some of the media complaints about the campaign's veracity are themselves based on factual mistakes.
  • Oh really Mr.Reptilian Republican?

    08/30/2012 6:30:27 PM PDT · by RaisingCain · 25 replies
    The Market Ticker ^ | 8/30/2012 | Karl Denninger
    Oh Really Mr. Reptilian Republican? By Karl Denninger (8/30/2012) Last night was a spooge-fest at the RNC; one of the more-common lies was Ryan's: “Before the math and the momentum overwhelm us all, we are going to solve this nation’s economic problems,” Ryan said. “And I’m going to level with you. We don’t have that much time. But if we are serious, and smart, and we lead, we can do this.” Oh really Paul? Paul Ryan, for those who have been living in a cave for the last couple of years, has put forward two separate "budgets" that are nothing...
  • Poll Needs FReeping, Do you support or oppose Paul Ryan's Medicare Plan?

    08/30/2012 9:32:03 AM PDT · by OneVike · 25 replies
    While checking out the sports news about my beloved vikings, I came across a poll asking about Joe Webb. After answering the poll that Webb should be a QB/receiver, I looked for the total results and what did I see, but a poll on the sports page asking their readers what they thought of Paul Ryan's Medicare plan.well when I saw the total results so far for the poll I really was not surprised that their leftist readers would have thought negatively about a common sense plan. So, I thought that my fellow FReepers need to help move this poll...
  • No kaboom from Paul Ryan Medicare bomb (Democrat's Mediscare tactics a huge bust so far)

    08/29/2012 6:39:12 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    Politico ^ | 08/29/2012 | Edward-Isaac Dovere and David Nather
    Democrats thought Paul Ryan’s Medicare proposal would shift the focus away from Mitt Romney, terrify the elderly and take places like Florida and other key states off the table. That’s not happening. Not yet, anyway. Polls and interviews show that for now, Romney’s selection of Ryan hasn’t fundamentally shifted the dynamics of a deadlocked race. The polls leave no question that huge numbers of people oppose the core of Ryan’s plan. But they show something else too: Democrats haven’t yet been able to turn that opposition into a way to take down the Romney-Ryan ticket. They’ve still got time, with...
  • Entitlement Reforms (Thomas Sowell)

    08/27/2012 3:16:10 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 24 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | August 28, 2012 | Thomas Sowell
    For those of us who like to believe that human beings are rational, trying to explain what happens in politics can be a real challenge. For example, that segment of the population that has the least to fear from a reform of Medicare or Social Security is the most fearful — namely, those already receiving Medicare or Social Security benefits. It is understandable that people heavily dependent on these programs would fear losing their benefits, especially after a lifetime of paying into these programs. But nobody in his right mind has even proposed taking away the benefits of those who...
  • Cheer Up: Four Reasons Why Obama May Lose Big in November

    08/25/2012 9:49:07 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 95 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 25, 2012 | Daniel Doherty
    Ever since former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney clinched the 2012 Republican presidential nomination last May, President Obama and his surrogates have waged a divisive and dishonest re-election campaign in order to distract voters from his failed record. To that end, they have spent millions of dollars on negative campaign advertisements suggesting the presumptive Republican nominee is, among other things, a “vulture capitalist," a “felon” a “pioneer in outsourcing,” and -- most recently -- a coldhearted technocrat responsible for the death of a steelworker’s terminally ill wife. These outrageous charges have been discredited by independent fact-checkers, of course, but at least...
  • Mediscare

    08/25/2012 9:37:26 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 1 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 25, 2012 | John C. Goodman
    Within minutes of the announcement that Paul Ryan would be Mitt Romney's running mate, the Democratic attack machine shifted into high gear. "Paul Ryan will destroy Medicare as we know it," claimed the ads. "So will Mitt Romney." Be afraid. Be very afraid. But isn't ObamaCare what seniors should really be scared of? Yes, indeed. And to hide that fact, the Obama forces are telling five big lies. Lie Number One: Health Reform Is Good For Seniors. Millions of taxpayer dollars (that's our dollars) have been spent on Andy Griffith television ads and other advertisements trying to convince seniors that...
  • Polls: Ryan choice not hurting Romney among Florida seniors

    08/24/2012 11:09:58 AM PDT · by tsowellfan · 4 replies
    Naming Paul Ryan as his running mate hasn’t given Mitt Romney a significant boost in the polls, but it doesn’t appear to have scared senior voters the way Democrats hoped and some Republicans feared. Ryan, the author of a Medicare overhaul plan that has fueled a furious messaging war between the presidential campaigns and their allies, makes his first visit as a vice presidential candidate to senior-heavy Florida Saturday.
  • Medicaid plan would transform health care in Florida

    08/24/2012 8:41:53 AM PDT · by ilovesarah2012 · 18 replies
    sun-sentinel.com ^ | August 22, 2012 | William E. Gibson
    WASHINGTON – Florida'sfast-growing Medicaid program -- which cares for the state's impoverished children and for most senior citizens in nursing homes -- would lose roughly a third of its federal money under budget plans embraced by Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney and his running mate Paul Ryan. Ryan and his Florida supporters say their version of Medicaid would save states drowning in health-care costs while still helping those most in need. It fits the vision of Gov. Rick Scott, who has refused to expand Medicaid under the new health care law, and Republican legislators, who want to turn the program...
  • More than 2,200 hospitals face penalties under ObamaCare rules

    08/24/2012 5:37:13 AM PDT · by GlockThe Vote · 44 replies
    Fox News ^ | 8/23/2012 | Staff
    A provision of ObamaCare is set to punish roughly two-thirds of U.S. hospitals starting this fall over high readmission rates, according to an analysis by Kaiser Health News. Starting in October, Medicare will reduce reimbursements to hospitals with high 30-day readmission rates -- which refers to patients who return within a month -- by as much as 1 percent. The maximum penalty increases to 2 percent the following year and 3 percent in 2014. Doctors are concerned the penalty is unfair, since sometimes they have to accept patients more than once in a brief period of time but could be...
  • FoxNews claims Obamacare punishes hospitals if their patients with heart failure live instead of die

    08/23/2012 8:52:05 PM PDT · by grundle · 29 replies
    wordpress ^ | August 23, 2012 | Dan from Squirrel Hill
    Fox News reports: A provision of ObamaCare is set to punish roughly two-thirds of U.S. hospitals evaluated by Medicare starting this fall over high readmission rates Starting in October, Medicare will reduce reimbursements to hospitals with high 30-day readmission rates “Among patients with heart failure, hospitals that have higher readmission rates actually have lower mortality rates,” said Sunil Kripalani, MD, a professor with Vanderbilt University Medical Center who studies hospital readmissions. “So, which would we rather have — a hospital readmission or a death?”If this is really true, then it’s quite scary. I googled the doctor’s quote to try to...
  • In Florida and Ohio, seniors back Romney over Obama on Medicare

    08/24/2012 3:24:08 AM PDT · by tobyhill · 16 replies
    WASHINGTON POST ^ | 8/23/2012 | Greg Sargent
    Today’s big New York Times/CBS/Quinnipiac poll found some good news for Barack Obama: In Ohio, Wisconsin, and Florida, voters think Obama would do a better job than Mitt Romney handling Medicare by margins of eight to 10 points. Blowback against Paul Ryan? Well, I’ve got the breakdown of these numbers among seniors, and they are far less encouraging for Obama: In two out of the three states, voters over 65 prefer Romney on Medicare, and in the third, Obama leads, but by a smaller margin. The breakdown sent over by CBS: * In Florida, 48 percent of seniors say Romney...
  • More than 2,200 hospitals face penalties under ObamaCare rules

    08/23/2012 5:43:51 PM PDT · by opentalk · 17 replies
    Foxnews ^ | August 23, 2012 | Jonathan Serrie
    A provision of ObamaCare is set to punish roughly two-thirds of U.S. hospitals evaluated by Medicare starting this fall over high readmission rates, according to an analysis by Kaiser Health News. Starting in October, Medicare will reduce reimbursements to hospitals with high 30-day readmission rates --which refers to patients who return within a month --by as much as 1 percent. The maximum penalty increases to 2 percent the following year and 3 percent in 2014. Doctors are concerned the penalty is unfair, since sometimes they have to accept patients more than once in a brief period of time but could...
  • Oh my: Romney/Ryan lead on Medicare in Florida and Ohio?

    08/23/2012 3:34:52 PM PDT · by RobinMasters · 11 replies
    Hot Air ^ | August 23, 2012 | ALLAHPUNDIT
    An important addendum to Ed’s CBS/NYT number-crunch from lefty Greg Sargent: The breakdown sent over by CBS: * In Florida, 48 percent of seniors say Romney would do a better job on Medicare, versus 44 percent who say that about Obama (the Ryan pick was supposed to be particularly problematic in this state). * In Ohio, 49 percent of seniors say Romney would do a better job on Medicare, versus 43 percent who say that about Obama. * In Wisconsin, 49 percent say Obama would do a better job on Medicare, versus 46 percent who say that about Romney. Close....
  • Talk about Fairy Dust and Snake Oil!

    08/23/2012 1:56:49 PM PDT · by NaturalBornConservative · 3 replies
    Natural Born Conservative ^ | August 23, 2012 | Larry Walker Jr
    :: Obama’s Loot-and-Plunder Theory on Social Benefits- By: Larry Walker, Jr.-Under Barack Obama’s economic theory, better known as Loot-and-Plunder Economics, income tax rates will necessarily skyrocket, perhaps by as much as 50% across-the-board. If you don’t believe it, just look at the facts and figures. For example, as of FY 2011, annual outlays on Social Security Benefits were 77.7% greater than they were in 2001, while outlays on Medicare were 148.8% greater (shown in current dollars in the chart above). Has Obama solved the problem through entitlement reform? Has he raised Social Security and Medicare taxes by 77.7% and...
  • Eating America's Seed Corn

    08/23/2012 4:34:31 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 26 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 23, 2012 | Victor Davis Hanson
    As gas prices climb back toward $4 a gallon, the Obama administration -- facing a tough re-election campaign and rising Middle East tensions -- is once again considering tapping the Strategic Petroleum Reserve. For years, administrations have bought and stored oil for emergencies, in fear of a cutoff of imported oil, as happened during the Arab embargo of 1973-74. But since 2009, the U.S. government has declared most federal lands off-limits to new oil and gas exploration -- despite vast recent finds of energy and radically new means to tap it. President Obama also canceled the most vital sections of...
  • Dems’ Medicare lie (Obama increases chances that seniors will die of a heart attack)

    08/21/2012 4:20:48 AM PDT · by tobyhill · 6 replies
    ny post ^ | 8/21/2012 | Betsy McCaughey
    President Obama is criss-crossing the country, warning that Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan would “end Medicare as we know it.” Attention, New York’s 3 million seniors: Don’t be fooled. It’s the Obama health law that destroyed Medicare, though the impact will not be felt for another year or more. Scientific evidence indicates that the changes made by ObamaCare will shorten the lives of some elderly hospital patients and make it hard for Medicare enrollees to get treated. The only thing left of Medicare is the membership card. ObamaCare cuts future funding for Medicare by over half a trillion dollars in...
  • Aug. 20: When the Polling Gets Weird (Romney leading Obama by FIFTEEN POINTS in FLORIDA!!)

    08/20/2012 10:50:04 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    The New York Times' FiveThirtyEight ^ | August 20, 2012 | Nate Silver
    Monday brought a Monmouth University poll showing President Obama ahead by one point in the national race — the same margin that he had in the last poll they conducted in June. Mitt Romney held onto a 2-point lead in the Gallup national tracking poll, and pulled ahead of Mr. Obama again by one point in the Rasmussen national tracker, which has fluctuated a bit recently but usually has a steady number like that. Oh, and there was an Oklahoma poll, which was conducted on behalf of the Tulsa World. Mr. Obama is surging there! He now trails Mr. Romney...
  • Strike Three: Cutter Lies Again About 'Cancer' Ad

    08/20/2012 3:59:10 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 20, 2012 | Guy Benson
    Let's review the timeline, shall we?  After the Obama campaign pioneered a nasty and non-factual attack linking Mitt Romney to the death of a cancer-stricken woman, the president's officially-endorsed SuperPAC (operated by a former White House spokesman) repeated the transcendently false story in a television ad.  The spot is running in swing-states as part of a $20 million buy.  Despite universal criticism from media outlets and fact-checkers, the Obama campaign refused to condemn the hit, as numerous surrogates denied knowledge of -- and ducked responsibility for -- the smear.  Chief among the 'don't-blame-us' crowd was Obama Deputy Campaign Manager Stephanie...
  • Robert Samuelson: Why Ryan might be right about Medicare

    08/20/2012 1:27:07 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 4 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 08/20/2012 | Robert Samuelson
    Overlooked in the furor surrounding Paul Ryan’s Medicare proposal — a plan, it should be recalled, that wouldn’t start until 2023 and even then would affect only new beneficiaries — is a just-published study in The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) suggesting that, well, Ryan might be right. The study finds that a voucher-type system might noticeably reduce costs compared to “traditional” fee-for-service Medicare. Three Harvard economists did the study, including one prominent supporter of President Obama’s health-care overhaul. The study compared the costs of traditional Medicare with Medicare Advantage, a voucher-like program that now enrolls about 25...
  • Rep Paul Ryan will end Medicare as we know it … we better hope so!

    08/20/2012 8:58:06 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 2 replies
    Image:Medicare and Medicaid GDP Chart. What happens if we don’t end Medicare as we know it?The following is copied and pasted here from the 2012 Medicare Trustees Report. Keep in mind that the Trustees include the Secretary of the Treasury, the Secretary of Labor, Secretary of Health and Human Services and the Commissioner of Social Security. Take the time to read this carefully. I have placed in bold several statements that are of special interest. Do you think Medicare can or should continue as we know it?From the Trustees Report: The financial outlook for Medicare is also uncertain because some...
  • How the GOP Wins Medicare (Nevada shows the issue can work for Republicans)

    08/20/2012 7:02:24 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    National Review ^ | 08/20/2012 | Katrina Trinko
    In early 2011, Republican pollster John McLaughlin was at a meeting of Hill leaders, including Eric Cantor and Paul Ryan. Ryan was briefing those present on his soon-to-be-released budget plan. “There was a lot of talk about what they were doing with Medicare,” McLaughlin recounts, “and I remember Paul saying all he was doing was taking the savings from the cuts that Obama had made and was restoring basically the cuts to the seniors for those 55 and older, and then he was changing it where you were going to have premium support for those under 55.” For McLaughlin, that...
  • How Obamacare's $716 Billion in Cuts Will Drive Doctors Out of Medicare

    08/20/2012 4:50:47 AM PDT · by NCjim · 66 replies
    Forbes ^ | August 20, 2012
    There are 600,000 physicians in America who care for the 48 million seniors on Medicare. Of the $716 billion that the Affordable Care Act cuts from the program over the next ten years, the largest chunk—$415 billion—comes from slashing Medicare’s reimbursement rates to doctors, hospitals, and nursing homes. This significant reduction in fees is driving many doctors to stop accepting new Medicare patients, making it harder for seniors to gain access to needed care. Here are a few of their stories. Paul Wertsch is a primary physician in Madison, Wisconsin. In 1977, he and his two partners invested $500,000 of...
  • Romney and Ryan Turn the Tables on Obama

    08/19/2012 10:32:08 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 20, 2012 | Michael Barone
    Mitt Romney's selection of Paul Ryan was supposed to be a problem for the Republicans. So said a chorus of chortling Democrats. So said a gaggle of anonymous seasoned Republican operatives. All of which was echoed gleefully by mainstream media. The problem, these purveyors of the conventional wisdom all said, was Medicare -- to be more specific, the future changes in Medicare set out in the budget resolutions Ryan fashioned as House Budget Committee chairman and persuaded almost all House and Senate Republicans to vote for. But while Democrats licked their chops at the prospect of scaring old ladies that...
  • Clarity on Medicare

    08/19/2012 11:11:33 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 20, 2012 | Bruce Bialosky
    The year 1965 brought us a new program aimed at securing health care for Americans over the age of 65. This program is now becoming the centerpiece of the 2012 presidential campaign, yet many Americans don’t understand the basic financial facts about the plan, or why its sustainability is considered so essential to America’s future. Funded by payroll tax deductions, Medicare was implemented to help pay for medical procedures, hospital costs, and doctor visits. Later a prescription drug benefit was added. Since workers paid for the plan throughout their work years, they naturally felt entitled to this important retirement benefit...
  • America Ready for Paul Ryan’s Adult Conversation

    08/19/2012 10:25:17 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 20, 2012 | Star Parker
    There’s a line of thinking on the political left that Mitt Romney served them up a great softball in picking Paul Ryan as his running mate. According to Chicago Tribune columnist Clarence Page, “Ryan brings to the Romney campaign the tea party’s style of magical thinking, a blissfully simplistic, ideologically driven world view that seems to think candidates can win votes by promising to reduce popular government services.” Republican candidates, they say, are ducking for cover to avoid being branded with budget reforms that Ryan, as Chairman of House Budget Committee, has proposed, particularly for Medicare and Medicaid. Vice President...
  • Paul Ryan: Medicare should not be a piggy bank for ObamaCare

    08/19/2012 7:42:33 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 3 replies
    Hotair ^ | 08/18/2012 | Ed Morrissey
    Paul Ryan stayed on the attack today in Florida, appearing at the retirement center The Villages, along with a special guest --- his mother. "When I think about Medicare," Ryan told a cheering crowd, "it's not just a program. It's not just numbers. It's what my Mom relies on." Continuing to attack Barack Obama over the transfer of $716 billion in future Medicare spending to fund the subsidies and Medicaid expansion in ObamaCare. "The President raids $716 billion from the Medicare program," Ryan tells the crowd, "to pay for the ObamaCare program." Ryan then went on to slam the Independent...
  • Ryan: ‘Bring on’ Medicare Fight

    08/19/2012 5:01:38 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 19, 2012 | Salena Zito
    Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan says he wants “to bring on” the Medicare debate with the Obama administration in the campaign for the White House. “We are heading towards a European-like debt crisis which means a deeper recession, fewer jobs, lower revenues and bigger deficits if we don’t get our fiscal house in order fast,” Ryan said on Thursday in an interview with the Tribune-Review. The Wisconsin congressman, tapped last weekend by Mitt Romney to join the GOP ticket, discussed the campaign after a rally and an unscheduled stop for hot dogs and hand-shaking at The Hot Dog Shoppe...
  • Obamacare’s unpopularity blunts Obama’s attacks on Romney-Ryan Medicare plans

    08/19/2012 1:53:54 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 20 replies
    Mimai Herald ^ | August 18, 2012 | Marc Caputo
    Obamacare was supposed to be President Barack Obama’s legacy. But it’s looking like a political millstone. The mammoth and unpopular health insurance overhaul weighed down Democrats in 2010 when Republicans helped turn seniors to their side. ....“This could cost us the election,”...the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee’s political director wrote in a fundraising email last week. “We have to get the facts out to voters immediately.” .....Right now, Romney might be winning the public-relations war in Florida, according to a poll from Rasmussen Reports,.... Asked which plan “scares you more,” the poll found 54 percent of Florida seniors said Obamacare, while...
  • Spending 716 Billion Twice (Medicare B.S. explained)

    08/18/2012 2:42:14 PM PDT · by TheRhinelander · 13 replies
    National Review Online ^ | August 18, 2012 | Grace Marie Turner
    The issue of $716 billion in spending cuts to Medicare has taken center stage, with accusations flying about who is raiding Medicare and pushing Granny off the cliff. So here are the facts: In 1997, the Republican Congress passed, and President Bill Clinton signed, the Balanced Budget Act (BBA), which gradually reduced payments to Medicare providers as part of a plan to reduce overall federal spending. The key to the policy is the Sustainable Growth Rate, which requires the government to adjust payments for physician services each year so that growth in Medicare spending does not exceed the growth of...
  • Notes from VP Candidate Paul Ryan event at The Villages in Florida (POWERFUL!)

    08/18/2012 1:16:44 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 41 replies
    Fox News' Greta Wire ^ | August 18, 2012 | Greta Van Susteren and Joy Lin
    There were approximately 3000 people immediately here in the square, reporters noted there were more people at the events Palin and Gingrich held at The Villages. I’m told about 5K people were in the crowd when Romney spoke but I wasn’t here and can’t provide a comparison. One official told a reporter said there were 10K total today, outside the clean area, but we’re skeptical about that estimate. Here is a slightly tweaked version of the Medicare verbate I sent out earlier. **10:33:35 AM Like a lot of Americans, when I think about Medicare it’s not just a program, its...
  • Paul Ryan, worse than Palin (Unintentional Laff Riot!)

    08/18/2012 12:48:39 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 63 replies
    The Examiner ^ | August 17, 2012 | Russell Allyn
    True, Mitt Romney’s new nominee for vice president possesses certain attributes that Sarah Palin lacked, namely a wonky intellect and speaking voice that does not sound like nails on chalkboard. But Paul Ryan may actually turn out to be a worse veep choice than Ms. Palin for several reasons. 1. Ryan further delays, and perhaps permanently scraps, Romney’s move to the center. Eric Fehrnstrom, a top Romney aide, signaled that the candidate intended to reinvent himself as a moderate after winning the primary season. But we never got that promised Etch-a-Sketch moment and now, likely, never will. How is Romney...
  • Paul Ryan speaks in central Florida (Live Streaming)

    08/18/2012 7:16:24 AM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 101 replies
    WESH ^ | 8/18/2012 | WESH
    Republican vice-presidential candidate Paul Ryan is speaking at The Villages, northwest of Orlando.
  • V.P. Candidate Paul Ryan Speaks to Retirees in Florida

    08/18/2012 6:18:00 AM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 21 replies
    CSPAN ^ | 8/18/2012 | CSPAN
    Washington, DC Saturday, August 18, 2012 Republican Vice Presidential candidate Paul Ryan will speak at a retirement community in Florida, Saturday. Ryan will be accompanied by his mother, Elizabeth “Betty” Ryan Douglas, when he speaks at The Villages, the world’s largest retirement community. His mother lives in Florida for part of the year and spend the rest of her time in Wisconsin.
  • Are You an Extremist?

    08/18/2012 2:01:14 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 18, 2012 | Bill O'Reilly
    After Rep. Paul Ryan was announced as Mitt Romney's running mate, it took less than 24 hours for The New York Times to define Ryan as an "extremist." In a lead editorial, the paper bannered this sub-headline: "With no plan of his own, Mr. Romney can't distance himself from Mr. Ryan's extremist vision." That "vision" would be federal spending cuts and entitlement reform. While chairman of the House Budget Committee, Ryan sent two spending bills to the House, both of which passed but were killed in the Senate, which is controlled by the Democrats. The bills cut federal programs...
  • The Mediscare Boomerang

    08/17/2012 10:06:22 PM PDT · by george76 · 5 replies
    Wall Street Journal, ^ | August 16, 2012
    For the first time in memory, voters this year may have a choice between two very different philosophies about how Medicare ought to evolve. The political class is spitting nails because, thanks largely to ObamaCare, a reform agenda might finally get a fair hearing. *** Obama's $716 billion is a "cut" only in the sense of slowing the rate of spending growth over 10 years, which is the baseline Democrats always use. Medicare spending will continue to rise rapidly. The Obama "cuts" come by cranking down Medicare's price controls for hospitals and by gutting Medicare Advantage. The real term for...
  • Obama’s Medicare cuts, explained (The Ryan Medicare Plan vs Obamacare)

    08/17/2012 8:12:33 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 3 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 08/16/2012 | Philip Klein
    President Obama and his campaign have offered a series of defenses of the roughly $700 billion in Medicare cuts that he enacted as part of his national health care law. Briefly, they are: the cuts only deal with overpayments to private insurers and providers; the cuts do not affect benefits; the cuts extend the solvency of Medicare; and Mitt Romney’s new running mate, Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., included the cuts in his own budget. Let’s take a moment to unpack each of these. At the outset, let me say that I don’t oppose cutting Medicare, because I believe we’re going...
  • New Rasmussen Poll- More Fear ObamaCare than Ryan’s Medicare Plan

    08/17/2012 2:16:20 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 5 replies
    Shark Tank ^ | 08/17/2012
    The latest Rasmussen presidential poll of Florida has Mitt Romney up two over President Barack Obama 45%-43%, but perhaps the real news coming from the poll is the question posed to those surveyed about “who scares you more- President Obama’s health care law or Paul Ryan’s proposal?” So how’s that “Medi-Scare” strategy working out for Democrats thus far? Not very well at all, even after yet another “third-rail” of American politics has been touched. Fox News reports- Florida voters are more afraid of President Obama’s health care overhaul than Paul Ryan’s budget plan when it comes to Medicare’s future, according...
  • Letting Granny Speak for Herself

    08/17/2012 9:50:26 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 17, 2012 | Suzanne Fields
    We remember Granny. She's the helpless old lady in a wheelchair that Paul Ryan, or somebody who was supposed to look like him, pushed over the cliff. That's the way an Obama campaign commercial attempted to demonstrate the heartlessness of the mean ol' Republicans. But a funny thing happened on the way to November. When Mitt Romney chose Paul Ryan as his running mate, a lot of people put that video on rewind. Granny turned out to be alive and well, capable of looking at things for herself, seeing things as they really are, and she's alarmed at what she...
  • Paul Ryan Takes Apart Obamacare in 6 Minutes

    08/17/2012 9:02:07 AM PDT · by Baynative · 29 replies
    GooberTheUncouth You Tube Video ^ | August 11,2012 | blogger
    This video I got last night is an excellent example of why Obama and the media fear Paul Ryan.
  • Reaction to Ryan: A Gap Between Mainstream America and Official Washington

    08/17/2012 7:14:41 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 17, 2012 | Scott Rasmussen
    One of the things Mitt Romney's selection of Paul Ryan as his running mate ensures is a series of polling questions over the coming months asking voters what's more important: creating jobs or cutting government spending; helping the economy or cutting deficits; repealing the president's health care law or focusing on the economy. These questions reflect the way official Washington views the world, but they don't make sense in Mainstream America. In Washington, it's a given that more government spending is needed to help the economy. Most Americans hold the opposite view. So when you ask whether cutting spending or...
  • Obama's Medicare Fear Mongering Will Drown in the Facts

    08/17/2012 7:02:04 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 2 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 17, 2012 | David Limbaugh
    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 for them...
  • Spending $716 Billion, Twice (Time for honesty about Medicare)

    08/17/2012 6:42:37 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    National Review ^ | 08/17/2012 | Grace-Marie Turner
    The issue of $716 billion in spending cuts to Medicare has taken center stage, with accusations flying about who is raiding Medicare and pushing Granny off the cliff. So here are the facts: In 1997, the Republican Congress passed, and President Bill Clinton signed, the Balanced Budget Act (BBA), which gradually reduced payments to Medicare providers as part of a plan to reduce overall federal spending. The key to the policy is the Sustainable Growth Rate, which requires the government to adjust payments for physician services each year so that growth in Medicare spending does not exceed the growth of...
  • Mitt Romney says Obama 'robbed' Medicare of $716 billion. True? (Some analysts say it's inaccurate)

    08/16/2012 7:01:45 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 35 replies
    CS Monitor ^ | 08/16/2012 | Peter Grier
    Mitt Romney is hammering President Obama with the allegation that he's robbed Medicare to pay for Obamacare. But analysts suggest that's not an accurate appraisal of Obama's plan. The Mitt Romney campaign has a new talking point that it’s hitting hard: President Obama “robbed” Medicare of $716 billion to help pay for his health-care reform legislation. Is this assertion accurate? Well, it is true that the Affordable Care Act – known to some as Obamacare – would reduce spending on Medicare by $716 billion from 2013 to 2022, according to a Congressional Budget Office analysis. It is also true that...