Keller @ Large: Using Medicare As A Political Weapon

August 15, 2012 12:00 AM
Keller @ Large: Using Medicare As A Political Weapon

" BOSTON (CBS) – The federal Medicare program that pays for health care for senior citizens has become a major campaign issue.

Both Democrats and Republicans are trying to use Medicare as a political weapon.

There are two things that both parties seem to agree on.

First, Medicare costs are a huge budget-buster and growing way too fast to put off systemic reform for much longer.

Second, if they can gain political advantage by scaring the daylight out of seniors about the other side’s plans, they will.

Recently, Somerville Mayor Joe Curtatone has been spreading disinformation to local seniors well past the cutoff age for Medicare changes under the Ryan plan.

“It puts you on a capped voucher program so you wouldn’t be protected as you are now from those rising costs,” said Curtatone.

“It confused me because I know I’m under Medicare here and if they take it away, I’m going to be put in a pit of fire and have no chance,” said military veteran Bernard Panek.

Mitt Romney is doing his part to add to the fog of this political war "

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