Jackson, Mississippi (CNN) – Mitt Romney is celebrating his 65th birthday. But unlike many seniors who reach that age, the GOP presidential candidate will forgo the Medicare program, according to a source with the Romney campaign.
"No, he's keeping his current private insurance plan," a Romney source told CNN.
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Should Romney become the nominee, the disclosure that the former Massachusetts governor will opt against using Medicare could become a campaign issue. Romney has proposed drastic changes to the government insurance program for senior citizens.
Last month, Romney unveiled a Medicare reform package that included raising the program's eligibility age and offering seniors the option to enroll in a private insurance plan. The changes would take effect for new retirees in 2022.
The Romney campaign is gearing up for a debate over the proposals. In campaign emails, Romney aides accuse the President of mismanaging the program, saying Mr. Obama is "ending Medicare as we know it."