8:54 pm - Thursday August 17, 2017

Romney sale de la convención sin cobrar nuevas fuerzas

TAMPA, FL—Esta noche, Jim Messina, director de campaña de Obama for America hizo las siguientes declaraciones en respuesta al discurso de Mitt Romney en la convención:

 

“Como toda la convención republicana, el discurso de Mitt Romney esta noche ofreció muchos ataques personales y trivialidades pero ni una sola idea tangible para mover nuestro país hacia adelante. Lo que no compartió fueron sus verdaderas propuestas, que regresarían a nuestro país al pasado: otros $5 millones de millones en reducciones de impuestos para los más ricos, pagados por la clase media y que agrandarían el déficit; transformar Medicare en una libreta de cupones, aumentando los costos a las personas de la tercera edad; un fin a los estándares de eficiencia de energía y créditos tributarios para la energía sustentable; grandes recortes a las becas y préstamos estudiantes; y la derogación de las reformas a Wall Street. Y en un discurso de casi 45 minutos, Mitt Romney no le dedicó ni un minuto a Afganistán. Sin propuestas nuevas y evadiendo exponer sus verdaderos planes, Mitt Romney abandona la convención no más fuerte que cuando entró.”

 

FACT CHECK: Las Olimpiadas de Romney en Salt Lake City: Construido por el contribuyente

Cuando Mitt Romney comparta su historial profesional con Estados Unidos esta noche, hablará de las Olimpiadas, ignorando un factor clave en el éxito de las Olimpiadas de Romney: No lo construyó. Después de tres días de ataques en contra de la asistencia federal y los recursos del gobierno, los hechos muestran que Romney recibió una cantidad sin precedente como parte de un rescate oficial, pagado por el contribuyente—recibió tanto dinero del contribuyente que el Senador John McCain lo calificó como una “vergüenza nacional”.

 

 

ROMNEY OVERSAW A WIDE-RANGING LOBBYING CAMPAIGN TO BAILOUT THE SALT LAKE OLYMPICS WITH TAXPAYER DOLLARS – ROMNEY’S GAMES WERE “THE MOST EXPENSIVE WINTER GAMES EVER”

 

NBC News: “Mitt Romney Oversaw A Wide-Ranging Lobbying Campaign To Snare Tens Of Millions Of Dollars In Federal Earmarks For The Salt Lake City Olympic Games At A Time Critics Were Charging The Games Had Become A Prime Example Of Out-Of-Control ‘Pork Barrel’ Spending.” [NBC News, 2/18/12]

 

The Salt Lake Olympic Games “Got More Federal Cash Than Any Previous U.S. Olympics.” [Wall Street Journal, 6/13/11]

 

The Salt Lake Olympics Were “The Most Expensive Winter Games Ever” Costing $2 Billion With $1 Out Of Every $5 Funded By Taxpayers. “The Salt Lake City Olympics will be the most expensive Winter Games ever, costing nearly $2 billion — or $791,667 per athlete — to stage 17 days of skiing and skating. Nearly $1 of every $5 will be picked up by U.S. taxpayers.” [Associated Press, 12/11/01]

 

ROMNEY REPEATEDLY TOUTED THE AMOUNT OF MONEY HE TOOK FROM THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT

 

Romney Bragged About Federal Subsidies He Got For The Olympics And Pledged He’d Bring Home More Washington Money As Governor. “Pledging to avoid tax hikes and minimize cuts, Romney has made Olympic-size federal subsidies a campaign-promise solution to balancing the state budget. ‘We need to do a better job getting money from Washington,’ he tells voters in a televised speech. ‘I was successful in doing that in organizing the Olympics, got record funds from the federal government. I’ll do that here.’” [Salt Lake Tribune, 11/4/02]

 

Romney Touted The “Record Amount Of Money” He Got From The Federal Government For The Olympics And Said “That’s The Same Thing I’ll Do As Governor Of Massachusetts–Get More Money From The Federal Government.” In a gubernatorial debate with Shannon O’Brien and the minor party candidates, Romney said, “I need a little chance on the idea that the government bailing out the Olympics…We cut our costs by $200 million . The federal government actually provided a record amount of money to us for security and transportation –that was a separate area. That’s the same thing I’ll do as governor of Massachusetts—get more money from the federal government.” [2002 Massachusetts Governor’s Debate, WB56, 10/9/02]

 

2002: Romney: “I Am Big Believer In Getting Money Where The Money Is. … The Money Is In Washington.” “In a long-forgotten tape from the 2002 Massachusetts governor’s race obtained by ABC News, Mitt Romney is seen touting his Washington connections and his ability to get millions of taxpayer dollars from the federal government. ‘I am big believer in getting money where the money is,’ Romney says on the video, ‘The money is in Washington.’” [ABC News, 3/2/12]

 

SENATOR MCCAIN CALLED THE EARMARKS FOR ROMNEY’S OLYMPICS “A NATIONAL DISGRACE” AND CALLED FOR A “FEDERAL INVESTIGATION”

 

McCain Called The Amount Of Federal Money Going To The Olympics “A National Disgrace” And Said There Should Be “A Federal Investigation” While Romney Defended The Federal Funds.  McCain: “But you’ve got well over $1 billion that’s just a rip-off of the taxpayers, and, you know, is really a national disgrace…Actually, there should be a federal investigation.” ROMNEY: But Senator McCain, I believe, raises a very good question.  What should the role of the federal government be with regards to the Olympics?  Should it provide the security? Should it provide the highways and bridges necessary to get people to venues? In my view, the answer is, unequivocally, yes.” [CBS Evening News (6:30 PM ET) – CBS, February 9, 2002]

 

 

FACT CHECK: Romney acabaría con Medicare en su estado actual, convertiría el programa en una libreta de cupones

 

Mitt Romney lanzó otro ataque sin fundamentos en contra del plan del presidente para Medicare. Una vez más, aquí está los hechos:

 

ROMNEY’S MEDICARE CLAIMS ARE FALSE: THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT EXTENDS MEDICARE SOLVENCY AND STRENGTHENS BENEFITS BY CUTTING WASTE AND ELIMINATING NEEDLESS PAYMENTS TO INSURANCE COMPANIES

New York Times Editorial Board: “$716 Billion Is Not A ‘Cut’ In Benefits But Rather The Savings In Costs That The Congressional Budget Office Projects Over The Next Decade From Wholly Reasonable Provisions In The Reform Law.”  “A Republican attack ad says that the reform law has “cut” $716 billion from Medicare, with the money used to expand coverage to low-income people who are currently uninsured….In reality, the $716 billion is not a ‘cut’ in benefits but rather the savings in costs that the Congressional Budget Office projects over the next decade from wholly reasonable provisions in the reform law.”  [Editorial, New York Times, 8/18/12]

AARP:  The Affordable Care Act “Protects And Strengthens Guaranteed Benefits In Medicare.”  “The legislative package [the Affordable Care Act] cracks down on insurance company abuses and protects and strengthens guaranteed benefits in Medicare, the program millions of our members depend on and in which millions more will soon enroll. It closes the dreaded Medicare Part D ‘doughnut hole,’ a gap in prescription drug coverage that is life-threatening for many. … And it improves efforts to crack down on fraud and waste in Medicare, strengthening the program for today’s seniors and future generations.” [AARP Press Release, 3/10/12]

 

The Affordable Care Act Extends The Solvency Of Medicare Part A To 2024, Eight Years Longer Than Without Health Care Reform. “The Medicare Trustees Report released today shows that the Hospital Insurance (HI) Trust Fund is expected to remain solvent until 2024, the same as last year’s estimate, but action is needed to secure its long-term future.  In 2011, the HI Trust Fund expenditures were lower than expected. Without the Affordable Care Act, the HI Trust Fund would expire 8 years earlier, in 2016. ” [Center For Medicare & Medicaid Services, 04/23/12]

 

The Affordable Care Act Reduces The Practice Of Significantly Paying More To Private Insurers That Contract With Medicare Than It Would Cost To Cover Those People In Traditional Medicare. “The Affordable Care Act reduces the practice of paying substantially more to private insurers that contract with Medicare than it would cost Medicare to cover those individuals in traditional Medicare.” [Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, 04/23/12]

 

THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT CLOSES THE DOUGHNUT HOLE IN MEDICARE PART D BY 2020, AND HAS ALREADY REDUCED THE COST OF PRESCRIPTION DRUGS FOR MILLIONS OF MEDICARE RECIPIENTS

 

The Affordable Care Act Closes The Prescription Drug Coverage Gap—The “Doughnut Hole”—In Medicare Part D By 2020. “The Affordable Care Act includes benefits to make your Medicare prescription drug coverage (Part D) more affordable. It does this by gradually closing the gap in drug coverage known as the ‘Donut Hole.’… the gap is closed in 2020.” [healthcare.gov08/03/11]

 

In 2011, Nearly 3.6 Million Medicare Beneficiaries Who Were In The Medicare Part D Coverage Gap Received Discounts On Prescription Drugs. [Centers For Medicare & Medicaid Services, 02/02/12]

 

Ø  In 2011, Medicare Recipients Have Saved More Than $2.1 Billion Through The Prescription Drug Coverage Gap Discount Program In The Affordable Care Act. [Centers For Medicare & Medicaid Services,02/02/12]

 

Ø  Medicare Recipients In The Prescription Drug Coverage Gap Saved An Average Of $604. [Centers For Medicare & Medicaid Services, 02/02/12]

 

THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT HAS ALREADY PROVIDED AN ESTIMATED 32.5 MILLION AMERICANS IN MEDICARE AND MEDICARE ADVANTAGE WITH PREVENTIVE HEALTH CARE BENEFITS

 

Combined With Seniors Enrolled In Medicare Advantage Plans, An Estimated 32.5 Million Medicare Beneficiaries Benefited From Medicare’s Coverage Of Prevention With No Cost Sharing. “This report details how over 25.7 million Americans in traditional Medicare received free preventive services in 2011.  In Medicare Advantage, last year 9.3 million Americans – 97 percent of those in individual Medicare Advantage plans – were enrolled in a plan that offers free preventive services. Assuming that Medicare Advantage beneficiaries utilized preventive services at the same rate as beneficiaries in traditional Medicare, an estimated 32.5 million beneficiaries benefited from Medicare’s coverage of prevention with no cost sharing.” [Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services, 02/2012]

 

Under The Affordable Care Act, At Least 25.7 Million Americans In Traditional Medicare Received At Least One Free Preventive Benefit In 2011, Including The New Annual Wellness Visit. “According to preliminary numbers, at least 25,720,996 million Americans took advantage of at least one free preventive benefit in Medicare in 2011, including the new Annual Wellness Visit. This represents 73.3% of Medicare fee-for-service (FFS) beneficiaries.” [Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services, 02/2012]

 

THE ROMNEY-RYAN PLAN WOULD END MEDICARE AS WE KNOW IT – TURNING IT INTO A VOUCHER SYSTEM…

 

Romney: “Paul Ryan And My Plan For Medicare I Think Is The Same, If Not Identical It’s Probably Close To Identical.” [WBAY (Green Bay, WI), 8/15/12]

 

New York Magazine’s Jonathan Chait: President Obama’s Argument That Romney Would “End Medicare As We Know It” Is “Undeniably True.” “Today President Obama talks Medicare in Florida and argues that Mitt Romney will ‘end Medicare as we know it.’ The claim is undeniably true, though keep in mind that ‘as we know it’ is a fairly elastic term.” [Jonathan Chait, New York Magazine, 7/19/12]

 

Romney Adviser Tara Wall Said Romney And Ryan “Are Certainly 100% On The Same Page And On The Same Path Relative To Saying That We Have To Reform Medicare, Offering Options Like Vouchers.” [CNN Newsroom, CNN, 8/14/12]

 

  • ·         Bloomberg: “Ryan’s Budget Bill Also Would End Traditional Medicare By Capping Spending And Offer Vouchers To Buy Private Insurance.” [Bloomberg, 8/13/12]

 

  • ·         Romney’s Medicare Plan: “Medicare Is Reformed As A Premium Support System, Meaning That Existing Spending Is Repackaged As A Fixed-Amount Benefit To Each Senior That He Or She Can Use To Purchase An Insurance Plan.” [Romney Press Release, Spending Plan – “Cut The Spending,” 11/4/11]

 

  • ·         Reuters: “Ryan’s Plan Calls For An End To The Guaranteed Benefit In Medicare And Replaces It With A System That Would Give Vouchers To Recipients To Pay For Health Insurance.” [Reuters,8/12/12]

 

…WHICH WOULD SHIFT MORE COSTS ON TO SENIORS AND RAISE THE COST OF TRADITIONAL MEDICARE


Los Angeles Times
 Headline: “Seniors Would Pay The Price Of Ryan’s Plan To Overhaul Medicare.” [Los Angeles Times, 8/13/12]

 

Los Angeles Times: Under The Ryan Budget “Seniors Would End Up Paying Almost Twice As Much Out Of Their Own Pockets.” [Los Angeles Times, 4/7/11]

 

New York Times Editorial: Ryan’s Plan Would Turn Medicare Into A Voucher System And “Would Leave Older Americans On Average With $6,400 In Extra Costs By 2022, According To The Congressional Budget Office.” “Most voters know little about Mr. Ryan. Those who have heard of him are probably most familiar with his Medicare plan, which would turn the program into a voucher system that would pay beneficiaries a fixed amount for their medical care, leaving them on their own if the voucher did not cover their costs. This notion so alarmed the public last year that Mr. Ryan was forced to backtrack and leave the existing Medicare system as an option. Even so, the plan would leave older Americans on average with $6,400 in extra costs by 2022, according to the Congressional Budget Office.” [Editorial, New York Times, 8/13/12]

 

New York Times Editorial: Ryan’s Plan “Could Lead To Higher Costs And Premiums In Traditional Medicare.” “Unfortunately, that could lead to higher costs and premiums in traditional Medicare because it would attract older and sicker patients who would be expensive to cover, while healthier, cheaper patients flocked to private plans. In the long run, the premium support plan could shift costs to beneficiaries because it would limit annual per capita spending growth to well below the level required by the health care reform act.” [Editorial, New York Times,3/20/12]

 

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