But it’s all in the details. The Republican-backed shift to private insurance plans could saddle future retirees with thousands of dollarsa year in additional bills.
And there’s another angle consumers need to look at: Medicaid.
The GOP vice presidential candidate has also proposed to sharply rein in that program and turn it over to the states. Usually thought of as part of the safety net for low-income people, Medicaid covers nursing home care for disabled elders from middle-class families as well.
Medicare and Medicaid cover about 100 million people between them, touching nearly every American family in some way.
Pulling no punches, President Barack Obama’s campaign launched a new online video Monday attacking what it called the “Romney-Ryan” Medicare plan. It features anxious seniors and closes by accusing the Republicans of “ending Medicare as we know it” to pay for tax cuts for the wealthy.
Mindful of the risks, Romney is trying to put some distance between his agenda and the specifics of Ryan’s budget proposals.
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