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New Poll Shows Whom Swing-State Voters Trust on Medicare

Posted on 09/25/2012 by | Politics | Comments

Bulletin Today | PoliticsA new USA Today/Gallup survey of voters in 12 key swing states finds that they have more confidence in President Obama than his challenger, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, when it comes to protecting Medicare. Fifty percent of the voters polled said that they trust Obama the most to address issues relating to Medicare, compared with 44 percent for Romney. That’s roughly comparable to the slightly larger 51-43 edge that the president holds on that issue nationwide, according to other Gallup polls. This survey questioned 1,215 adults in  in Colorado, …

Obama, Ryan Talk About Medicare, Social Security, Political Gridlock at AARP Life@50+

Posted on 09/21/2012 by | Politics | Comments

Bulletin Today | PoliticsPresident Obama and Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan went before 5,000 AARP members in New Orleans on Friday to make their respective cases and take questions, with each promising to do a better job of protecting Medicare, Social Security and other programs for older Americans. See also: Obama, Ryan videos and transcripts In the most direct faceoff the two campaigns have had this season on retirement-related issues, both Obama (appearing by satellite) and Ryan (who joined the AARP Life@50+ event …

In Accepting His Party’s Nomination, Mitt Romney Covers Some 50+ Territory, But Just Barely

Posted on 08/31/2012 by | Politics | Comments

Bulletin Today | PoliticsRepublican Mitt Romney routinely edges out President Obama among older voters. Yet in accepting his party’s presidential nomination Thursday night, he made only fleeting references to the health and retirement security issues facing older Americans. Romney pledged to lead a “united America [that] will care for the poor and the sick, will honor and respect the elderly, and will give a helping hand to those in need.’’ He did not elaborate. He also pledged to create a future “where no …

At the GOP Convention, as in Football, the Best Defense Is a Good Offense

Posted on 08/30/2012 by | Politics | Comments

Bulletin Today | PoliticsEven though Mitt Romney’s selection of Paul Ryan as his running mate catapulted Medicare onto center stage of this year’s presidential contest, Ryan devoted only a couple of sentences to the issue in accepting his party’s vice presidential nomination tonight. Ryan slammed President Obama for reductions in payments to Medicare providers made under the 2010 Affordable Care Act, even though Ryan’s own plan to overhaul the program contained similar reductions. Ryan’s plan is controversial because it would change Medicare from …

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

Posted on 08/29/2012 by | Politics | Comments

Bulletin Today | PoliticsThe voice vote is in, and Republicans have an official party message: overhaul Medicare and Social Security and make some tough-love changes in both public pensions and private pensions, which are backed by the U.S. government. The politically loaded word “privatize” appears nowhere. Some of the calls for action in the GOP’s 62-page party platform, approved today, have broad implications for older Americans. Here are highlights (also read the Election 2012 guide to the Democratic platform): Medicare Move to a …

Medicare’s Debut at the Republican National Convention

Posted on 08/28/2012 by | Politics | Comments

Bulletin Today | PoliticsFor a good portion of the first afternoon of the Republican National Convention, a cavalcade of GOP congressional candidates tried to draw contrasts on the issues between the parties. But only one set his sights squarely on Medicare, offering a full-throated defense of the GOP’s approach. Sort of. Keith Rothfus, a candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives from Pennsylvania, focused on what Republicans see as their biggest weapon in the issue: the Affordable Care Act and its more than …