During a speech to a group of conservative activists [a Koch brothers front group] in Washington, Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney said exactly what right wing extremists want to hear. Romney laid out his vision of government which includes privatizing Medicare, raising the retirement age, wiping out government agencies and jobs, making balanced budgets mandatory via constitutional amendment, and slashing funding for the arts, public broadcasting, family planning and passenger rail services. He also wants to give states more budget power.
The biggest and most critical portion of
Romney’s plan is, of course, Medicare. Romney intends to privatize Medicare and
turn it into a voucher system like Paul Ryan wanted to do in his budget
“Medicare should not change for anyone who is in the program or who
is about to be in it, we should honor the commitments we have made to our
seniors. Tomorrow’s seniors should have the freedom to choose what their health
coverage looks like. Younger Americans today, when they turn 65 should have a
choice between traditional Medicare and other private health care plans.
Competition will lower costs and increase the quality of health
“Tomorrow’s seniors” will also have to wait much longer for
Medicare since Romney also intends to raise the retirement age which is already
65 and 67 for people born after 1959.