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Romney plans to go on Medicare offensive tomorrow in Sarasota



Mitt Romney plans to highlight cuts to Medicare as he campaigns in Sarasota tomorrow, going on offense in an issue that resonates in senior-rich Florida.

Republicans have been pushing a study published by the University of Minnesota that shows that of the $716 billion in cuts under the Affordable Care Act, more than $44 billion would come from Florida over the next decade.

The $716 billion reduction is a matter of dispute. What Romney sees as cuts, Democrats see as savings. The health care law reduces payments to private insurers under the popular but expensive Medicare Advantage program and would reduce payments to hospitals that have too many re-admissions or fail to meet standards for patient care.

Romney's running mate Paul Ryan's House budget includes the same cuts, leading to charges of hypocrisy from Democrats, who have been trying to use Medicare as a wedge of their own, but the Romney campaign says he's setting the agenda.

[Last modified: Wednesday, September 19, 2012 6:21pm]


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