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Medicare Debate Hits a Fever Pitch as Mack Says Dems Are Lying

Just like the temperature of a fever stricken patient, Medicare is on the rise as the hottest campaign issue in Florida ever since Paul Ryan was named as Mitt Romney’s running mate.

The Wisconsin congressman proposed a budget that makes major changes in Medicare for future generations which is something Democrats are eagerly pointing out. In response, Republicans are adding fuel to the Medicare fire saying President Obama is "cutting" the government-run health insurance for Americans 65 and older. The Obama Medicare reductions are lowered payments to private insurers not beneficiaries.

Florida’s GOP candidate for U.S. Senate, Connie Mack IV, said the Democrats are offering no Medicare plan only criticism of Republican reforms.

"They want to frankly lie to the people of the State of Florida saying we want to change Medicare as we know it," Mack IV said during a Wednesday morning telephone news conference. "We want to try to preserve it and protect it and it’s the Democrats, the (U.S. Sen. Bill) Nelson and Obama, that are trying to destroy Medicare."

Yet, a recent Politifact article found: Paul Ryan's budget relies on the same $700 billion in savings from Medicare that Mitt Romney and other Republicans have been attacking Democrats about.

Bobbie O’Brien has been a Reporter/Producer at WUSF since 1991. She reports on general news topics in Florida and the Tampa Bay region.
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