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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 …

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

Posted on 09/6/2012 by | Politics | Comments

Bulletin Today | PoliticsFormer 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 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 …

Medicare: A Sampling of Opinion from the Nation’s Editorial Pages

Posted on 08/27/2012 by | Politics | Comments

Bulletin Today | Politics Orlando (Fla.) Sentinel (8/23): Medicare Deserves Sharp Focus in 2012 Campaign Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s pick of Paul Ryan as his running mate has locked up a spot for Medicare among the top issues in this year’s campaign. Good. A serious national debate over the program’s future is overdue…. Here’s hoping both sides will do a better job of leveling with the American people about Medicare in the remaining weeks of the campaign. Buffalo (N.Y.) News (8/21): Wanted: Serious …