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Published On: Mon, Aug 20th, 2012

Romney, Ryan campaign turning Medicare cuts onto President Obama

Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan are working to turn the tables on President Obama, making what Democrats had thought was an unpopular Medicare reform plan, into a strength in the presidential race.

Romney & Ryan Rally in Manassas, VA. August 12, 2012. photo/monkeyz_uncle

Since Paul Ryan was introduced as Romney’s running mate on the presumptive GOP ticket, all the talk of the campaign has been about Medicare, not the economy.

That’s because the Democrats tried to use the Wisconsin congressman’s plan to overhaul Medicare, essentially turning it into a voucher program for seniors to buy their own health insurance, to undermine support for Romney.

But now, with the Republican National Convention just a week away, Romney, Ryan and their GOP supporters are using Medicare to hammer Obama, focusing on a $716 billion cut in funding for the program that was part of the Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare).

Ryan included those same cuts in his signature budget plan, the same plan Romney has said he would sign if he becomes president, but Ryan says he was forced to build his plan on those cuts because they were already signed into law.

“Medicare should not be used as a piggy bank for ‘Obamacare,” Ryan said Saturday in a speech at The Villages, Fla., the nation’s largest retirement community. “Medicare should be used to be the promise that it made to our current seniors. Period. End of story.”

Obama himself acknowledged the strategy.

“I guess they figure the best defense is to try to go on offense,” he said Saturday in New Hampshire.

Romney’s top advisor said the president is right, and added that it seems to be working.

“This is first election cycle I can remember in a long time where Democrats are on the defensive because of Medicare,” Romney senior advisor Eric Fehrnstrom said today on CNN’s “State of the Union.”

If they can convince voters that the president’s health care plan is the one that is threatening Medicare, not Ryan’s, they could effectively neutralize some of the concerns about whether the addition of the conservative Wisconsin congressman to the ticket might alienate centrist independent voters.

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