Romney Tries To Explain His Medicare Plan Without Shedding Much Light
Mitt Romney wrote “no change” and “solvent” on a blackboard, but didn’t go much further in helping an audience understand how his plan for Medicare differs from that of his running mate.
…after the 10-minute and 11-second news conference, Romney shed no new light on how he would overhaul the 47-year-old federal health care program for senior citizens and how (or if) his program differs from that of his running mate’s much-maligned proposal that is part of an effort to slash the federal budget deficit…
Ryan’s plan keeps the $700 billion cut to the Medicare trust fund that Romney has said recently that he opposes. Ryan also would convert Medicare into a voucher-like program in 2023, while Romney doesn’t provide a date. While Romney’s program would be means tested, giving more money to those who are poorer, Ryan’s plan includes a proposal to allow more government assistance to those who get sicker.