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Romney’s favorite Medicare lie

Mitt Romney has made it clear that he’ll say anything to get elected—and in Florida, he proved he would say anything about Medicare to win the Republican primary. Repeating what has become one of his favorite campaign talking points, Romney told Florida voters a tall tale:

“There’s only one president in history that’s cut Medicare $500 billion, and that’s Barack Obama,” he said. “And guess what he did it for? He did it to pay for Obamacare.”

When he relies on this attack, Romney misleads the public on multiple fronts and misunderstands the issue entirely. The $500 billion is not reflected in cuts to the current Medicare budget—it’s only a projection of how much future spending growth will be reduced over a period of 10 years. Even accounting for these savings, the Congressional Budget Office says Medicare spending will be $890 billion in 2020 (up from $560 billion this year).

Romney often tries to give voters the impression that President Obama is the only president to ever reduce Medicare spending. Factcheck.org says that’s “far from true,” and conservative health economist Joe Antos points out that multiple administrations have attempted to control Medicare’s rising cost.

When he relies on this attack, Romney misleads the public on multiple fronts and misunderstands the issue entirely. The $500 billion is not reflected in cuts to the current Medicare budget—it’s only a projection of how much future spending growth will be reduced over a period of 10 years. Even accounting for these savings, the Congressional Budget Office says Medicare spending will be $890 billion in 2020 (up from $560 billion this year).

Romney often tries to give voters the impression that President Obama is the only president to ever reduce Medicare spending. Factcheck.org says that’s “far from true,” and conservative health economist Joe Antos points out that multiple administrations have attempted to control Medicare’s rising cost.

In contrast to the false picture Romney paints, President Obama’s Affordable Care Act is working for seniors, strengthening Medicare in a variety of ways:

  • Improves quality and delivery system efficiency through the federal agency that distributes Medicare benefits—changes that will save Medicare almost $120 billion in the next five years.

  • Makes Medicare prescription drugs more affordable for seniors in the coverage gap, closing the “doughnut hole” by 2020.

  • Ensures financial solvency for the Medicare Hospital Insurance Trust Fund until 2024—adding eight additional years to pre-reform projections.

  • Has already provided more than 24.2 million Medicare recipients with free preventive benefits like the Annual Wellness Visit.

Mitt Romney will keep distorting the facts and saying whatever he thinks will get him into the White House, but Americans know the Affordable Care Act is a historic achievement that continues to bolster Medicare and improve the health of our seniors every day.