When all the rallies are over, when all the polls are taken, when Democrats momentarily pause from promoting their favorite candidate, there is a bottom line to the 2012 campaign season. And that is that the Republican Party is determined to destroy both Medicare and Social Security. Mitt Romney turned age 65 on March 12, 2012, and he promptly announced that he would not be accepting either benefit. Romney has endorsed the Ryan Budget, which Brian Bilbray voted for, which would end the Medicare program for all persons born after 1956. There would be a new “premium support” program replacing Medicare for the purchase of private insurance. Current estimates are that older Americans would soon be paying three to five times as much for their health care.
There is also a current Republican campaign underway to portray Social Security as an “entitlement”, a welfare benefit that is part of the “Nanny State”. At the recent Conservative Political Action Conference Romney stated, “We’re going to have to recognize that Social Security and Medicare are unsustainable and we can’t afford to avoid these entitlement challenges any longer.” PoliticusUSA comments, “Every working American pays 6.2% of every dollar they earn into the Social Security Trust. Romney pays on only the first .5% of his income because his earnings exceed the current $110,100 cap. If Romney is concerned that Social Security is in jeopardy of running out of funds, his Republican pals can eliminate the cap on payroll tax contributions and keep the Trust bloated with cash forever.” Read more in this article “Romney Tells The GOP He Is The Hero Who Will Destroy Social Security“.
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