Obama, Biden Define the Democratic Messages on Medicare and Social Security

On Medicare and Social Security, the battle lines for the presidential election are now clearly drawn. Last night, President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden, in accepting their party’s nominations at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., put in the plainest language yet how they will seek to frame the plans of their Republican opponents, Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan. Biden led off, telling the audience that Romney and Ryan talked “about how they cared so much about …

At the Democratic Convention, Bill Clinton Wades Into the Fray Over the $716 Billion in Medicare ‘Cuts’

Former President Bill Clinton always reveled in his position as explainer-in-chief, and he reprised the role at the Democratic National Convention last night with a plain-spoken account of the running battle over $716 billion of “cuts” to Medicare. In speeches at the GOP convention in Tampa last week, the top of the party’s ticket repeated claims that Democrats raided the Medicare program to fund President Obama’s health care law. At the podium in Charlotte, Clinton alternated between comedian and schoolteacher …

At the Democratic Convention, a Congressman Gets ‘Personal’ With Medicare and Social Security

Democrats had headliners like House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of California, Sen. Chuck Schumer of New York and House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer of Maryland bemoan the GOP approach to Social Security and Medicare. But it was Rep. John Larson of Connecticut who brought the Democratic National Convention crowd to its feet with his story of how the two programs have kept his mother cared for in her old age. She had multiple sclerosis and congestive heart failure, but Larson’s …

At Democratic Convention, Medicare Wins Prime-Time Prominence on Opening Night

From mayors to members of Congress, and from governors to Cabinet secretaries, opening-night speakers at the Democratic National Convention pushed one of the biggest emerging issues of the 2012 presidential campaign - Medicare - into prime-time prominence. Social Security scarcely drew a mention. Andrew Tobias, the columnist and author (and treasurer of the Democratic National Committee), called Democrats “the party of Social Security.” Medicare, on the other hand, was a recurring theme. Some of the comments: “President Obama extended the program’s life …

The Democratic Platform: A Guide-at-a-Glance for 50+ Voters

Delegates at the 2012 Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., went on record today as committed to keeping the “promise” of Social Security and Medicare for older Americans. But their 2012 platform is short on details of their own plans to maintain the financial strength of both programs. The Democratic Party’s 40-page platform, released last night, touches on the major issues of importance to older Americans. Here are highlights (also read the Election 2012 guide to the GOP platform): Medicare …

5 Great Ways to Plug Into the Democratic National Convention From Home

Now that the 2012 Republican National Convention in Tampa is history, the political junkies and undecided voters among us get to take the weekend off, before we immerse ourselves in still more hoopla and impassioned rhetoric at the 2012 Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., on Sept. 4-6. In contrast to the Republicans, who were forced to trim their original four-day slate of events because of Hurricane Isaac, the Democrats opted from the start to go with a compressed three-day schedule. But as the Republicans did, they’re still bringing out the big …