Medicare back in spotlight as Paul Ryan returns to Florida today


With Medicare in the spotlight, Republican vice president nominee Paul Ryan is set to return to Florida this weekend for campaign events.

Following his address at an AARP event in New Orleans, Ryan flew to Lakeland Linder Regional Airport for a Friday evening fundraiser.  On Saturday, Ryan will hold a rally at Miami’s Versailles Restaurant followed by an event at the University of Central Florida in Orlando.

Using the issue of cuts to Medicare in Ryan’s budget, the Obama campaign is looking to chip away at the lead Republicans typically enjoy with senior citizens.

The Obama campaign has released a new TV ad, which contrasts the president’s plan for Medicare with that of the Romney-Ryan plan.

“It’s true — Mitt Romney would replace Medicare’s guaranteed benefits with a voucher system,” the narrator says in the ad.”The Romney-Ryan plan could raise seniors’ costs up to $6,400 a year.”

In a Palm Beach Post op-ed, Ryan calls Obama’s Medicare-themed attack ads “false and disappointing.”

Material from Noa McAlvanah of was used in this post.



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