New Romney ad continues Medicare barrage on Obama
August 26th, 2012
05:11 AM ET
2 years ago

New Romney ad continues Medicare barrage on Obama

(CNN) – A television advertisement released by Mitt Romney's presidential campaign on the eve of the GOP convention is the fifth in the past two weeks focused on Medicare, the health care entitlement program for seniors.

President Barack Obama and Romney have sparred over their plans for the program in a series of ads - primarily from the Republican challenger - and on the campaign trail.

Like the other spots, this ad includes a claim that, "As president, Barack Obama cut $700 billion from Medicare to pay for Obamacare."

The claim cites a report from the Congressional Budget Office that shows repeal of the president's health care law would mean an additional $716 billion in spending on the program.

Romney and other Republicans have argued that the health reform law therefore cut $716 billion from Medicare.

The figure is estimated savings in payments to providers over the next decade - a reduction in the program's estimated growth.

After a previous Romney ad raised the claim, an Obama campaign spokeswoman said the president "achieved $716 billion in savings by cracking down on fraud and needless payments to insurance companies."

Romney's new ad also uses video and sound of Obama on the campaign trail in 2008.

"Senator McCain would pay for part of his plan by making drastic cuts in Medicare - $882 billion worth," Obama is seen saying.

After the ad's narrator and on-screen text levels the $716 billion claim, Obama is seen continuing his remarks at the 2008 campaign event.

"It ain't right," he says.

The Romney campaign did not say in which markets the 30 second ad would run nor how much the campaign was spending on it.

– CNN's Ashley Killough and Kevin Liptak contributed to this report


Filed under: 2012 • Ads • Medicare • Mitt Romney
soundoff (28 Responses)
  1. 200 ton hammer

    its the up comeing 3 debates that mitt romney has too face.as he deep down knows that President Obama will be pulling up facts and pie charts with mitt romney/Ryan plan.and president Obama
    /vice president biden plans.what the core
    middle-class families shall be looking at is
    who's plan put more money and benifits in
    their pockets.if your income is $1.00-$250,000 dallors do the math.income tax time don't lie.when families getting back huge income tax checks.millions of large core middle class families with 4-8 family
    members are getting back on average $4800 -$11,500 or more depending on many combination tax they file.I truely don't see how mitt/Ryan plans help middle-class families get back large tax refunds each year.if you have a large family and you love too eat really good with your tax returns or pay off bills in all 50 states plus American territorys that pay taxes in the American mainland system millions of middle-class families will 10 out 10 vote for president obama

    August 26, 2012 05:40 am at 5:40 am |
  2. Iamnotfooled

    Does Romneys campaign really think the Seniors were born yesterday? We'll show them that we won't be persuaded by distortions and out right LIES when it comes to our Medicare and Social Security. Just watch us on November 6, 2012. Obama-Biden 2012 FORWARD to Peace of mind for what we have worked and paid for all of our lives. Keep your 6,000 vouchers , its only good for a day or two anyway. Hands-off our Medicare and Social Security. Go Florida!

    August 26, 2012 06:03 am at 6:03 am |
  3. Tony in Maine

    Romney & Co. are operating on the premise that old serfs who can still work are experienced and valuable – once they become to weak, they are only consumers of the wealth rightly belonging to "his kind of people." Ryan & Co. are just idiots sycophants.

    August 26, 2012 06:06 am at 6:06 am |
  4. Iamnotfooled

    R&R want to raise the Medicare age to 67. They want to give you vouchers worth 6,000. It will cost seniors about 6400.00 a year. They want to Repeal Obamacare which we are getting great benefits from, like pre-existing conditions, the prescription drug program savings, closing the doughnut hole, free wellness programs with no co-pays, free cancer screenings, pap smears, breast exams. Peace of mind that your kids will not be saddled with the cost of your healthcare, or you or your spouse, you won't have to hunt for insurance when you are 68 or 69 when Medicare is no more, because insurance companies will pick and choose the healthy ones over the sick ones and you will not be able to find insurance, and this will kill Medicare as we know it. It will all be privatized with no regulations on the insurance companies. Please think and vote accordingly. We can tweak Medicare to fix it, but we can't if it is gone completely. Think of your kids someday. The big corporations are thinking of their pockets. Only you know what you will do in that booth. Think.

    August 26, 2012 06:17 am at 6:17 am |
  5. Iamnotfooled

    Reduced Health Care For Retirees

    Ryan would raise the age of Medicare eligibility from 65 to 67. If the Affordable Care Act was repealed, something Romney has pledged, that means many 65- and 66-year-olds would be left uninsured, the CBPP reports.

    August 26, 2012 06:30 am at 6:30 am |
  6. OpinionX

    It would be far more interesting to have a sense check/opinion on the accuracy on the details behind the candidates' track records and plans for Medicare. Perhaps that would have taken more effort to write than a report that summarizes the potential contents of a partisan advert, that might run, somewhere. IMHO there's a missed opportunity to write a more incisive report on the presidential race.

    August 26, 2012 07:48 am at 7:48 am |
  7. tee1227

    Come on Mitt everyone knows Obama did not steal cut $716 billion from Medicare. But we all know this true just reported Mitt Romney Reaped Huge Tax Benefits Based On 'Active' Role At Bain Capital.

    August 26, 2012 07:57 am at 7:57 am |
  8. Namejkane fl SEND THE THREE TIME LOSER romney HOME AND MAKE IT FOUR.

    The American people will keep Medicare as is and Obama care,romney the tax cheat and Ryan atkins teabags can buy their own , where's your tax returns???????? Romneys going to lose big anyway !!!!!

    August 26, 2012 08:19 am at 8:19 am |
  9. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Mittens plan is to keep medicare solvent by removing $700 billion and giving that in tax cuts to himself and the wealthy, cut $500 billion from medicaid to hurt the poor, and shorten the life of medicare to 4 years. He has be wrong on everything, so how did he get rich?

    August 26, 2012 08:35 am at 8:35 am |
  10. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Mittens has been wrong on medicare, social security, teachers, firemen, police, Detroit, immigration, women' rights, personhood, trickle down economics, taxes, money laundering, jobs outsourcing, Libya, Iraq, Russia, China, the London Olympics, foreign accounts, energy policy, environmental safety, constitutional rights, and ACA. He has more dirty secrets than the CIA.

    August 26, 2012 08:40 am at 8:40 am |
  11. L. R. Long

    How many times does this claim need to be proven wrong before Romney stops using it? Obama did not cut $716 billion from Medicare. If Obama's economic record is so bad then why use lies against him?

    August 26, 2012 08:41 am at 8:41 am |
  12. Indy

    It is starting to make sense why McCain thought Sarah Palin was a better choice for VP over Romney, I clearly understand now why McCain would not gamble with Romney on his ticket.

    August 26, 2012 08:43 am at 8:43 am |
  13. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Mittens lies like a 'gator in the sun. I hope it doesn't take Tampa as long to clean up the republican mess, as it is taking to clean up the Bush/republican near depression.

    August 26, 2012 08:43 am at 8:43 am |
  14. T'sah From Virginia

    ►New Romney ad continues Medicare barrage on Obama◄
    CNN – You know these ads are NOT TRUE but yet, you keep giving Romney a free platform for a LIE! Why don't you put a big FACT CHECK following the heading that states NOT TRUE like you ran on President Obama? Big words like, FACT CHECK: NOT TRUE allows the readers to know, especially the ones who do not comprehend what they are reading, the FACTS upfront!!??

    Obama 2012 – The Only Trusted way Foward!!!

    August 26, 2012 08:43 am at 8:43 am |
  15. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Is it too late for republicans to terminate birther Mittens 6 year run for president?

    August 26, 2012 08:48 am at 8:48 am |
  16. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    McCain's cuts to medicare were before there was ACA to pick up the care. I prefer Obamacare over Mittensdon'tcare.

    August 26, 2012 08:50 am at 8:50 am |
  17. Yonni

    He is incapable of to tell the truth. I am sure he has under estimated the thinking capacity of the voters. But he can be wrong because there are only 12% who can be pursued by this kinds of lies those also think the US congress it doing fine other than that I doubt.

    August 26, 2012 08:51 am at 8:51 am |
  18. clarke

    Mental Manipulation as I see it.

    August 26, 2012 08:58 am at 8:58 am |
  19. w l jones

    Some of these candidate wont people go back to home healthcare where turpentine and kerosene were a must in everybody house hole.

    August 26, 2012 09:06 am at 9:06 am |
  20. C_weed

    R/R should sprint away from this issue as ryans plan is to turn medicare into an historic ponzi scheme. This is not tax$, nor is it his$, it is your$. We have all reluctantly paid into this system, while planning our retirements around it. Ryans plan would fix nothing as he wants to literally take from the poor to give even more to the rich so called 'job creators'. This simply is not a viable economic theory, it is a scheme to pay back the 'job creators' that put him in office. Amazing that the gop can actually find someone worse than obama.

    August 26, 2012 09:12 am at 9:12 am |
  21. canchange

    They cut 716 billions from MEDICARE to put it into OBAMACRE: when Americans go to the hospital,there will be no doctors,dirty ,no nurses,no medicin,no programs to help them with the sick,only bunker beds or go home ,an aspirin for you to go home and not come back,if you not dead by that time,your next squedule visit they will give for a month,weeks ,they dont wan to see you(only dead) they dont wan to spend the money( money that you sue as a hard worker of America.WAked up dont by socialist ideas.GOD BLESS AMERICA AND MARK LEVIN>MITT RYAN. 2012

    August 26, 2012 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  22. once upon a horse

    "tell me lies, tell me sweet little lies" I'll be glad when the president can confront Romney face to face on these issues. Sometimes it's hard to look a person in the eye and lie on them..unless of course you're a professional liar.

    August 26, 2012 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  23. CBR

    Read my lips! Build on the success of medicare. Do not destroy medicare or cause it harm? Who will make sure that all Americans have access to the same healthcare as members of Congress? Who will continue to separate church and state without damaging either one?

    August 26, 2012 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  24. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    canchange – Where did you get your misinformation?

    August 26, 2012 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  25. abtexas130

    As usual no respect for our president. I can honestly see a senior voting against Obama just because of his skin color and god knows they are struggling and could use obamacare. I never understood how someone could hate some one because the color of their skin.

    August 26, 2012 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
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