Romney hits Obama on Medicare in Spanish language ad
September 12th, 2012
10:43 AM ET
2 years ago

Romney hits Obama on Medicare in Spanish language ad

(CNN) - Mitt Romney's campaign pushed its Medicare attack in a new Spanish language television ad released Wednesday.

The ad, "Yo Pagué," is a Spanish version of a spot it released last month, "Paid in," which makes the widely-criticized claim that the president cut more than $700 billion from Medicare in his health care reform.

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"For years, we have paid into Medicare with our work. Now, when we need it, Obama has cut $716 billion dollars from Medicare to pay for Obamacare," says the narrator in the commercial. "The money we have paid to guarantee our health care will be used for a new program that's not for us. Romney's plan protects Medicare benefits for today's seniors and strengthens it for future generations."

Independent fact-checkers and numerous news outlets have labeled the Medicare claim as misleading, saying the $700 billion refers to an expected decrease in spending–not a cut to the program.

When Romney's team released the English version last month, Obama's campaign called the ad "dishonest and hypocritical."

"The savings his ad attacks do not cut a single guaranteed Medicare benefit, and Mitt Romney embraced the very same savings when he promised he'd sign Paul Ryan's budget," said Obama campaign spokeswoman Lis Smith.

CNN Political Producer Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report.


Filed under: 2012 • Latinos • Medicare • Mitt Romney
soundoff (25 Responses)
  1. Lynda/Minnesota

    Mitt Romney on Mitt Romney quotes of the week:

    June 28, 2012 : "What the court did not do on it's last day in session I will do on my first day if elected president of the United States, I will act to repeal Obamacare."

    September 9, 2012 : "I'm not getting rid of all of health care reform. Of course, there are a number of things that I like in health care reform that I'm going to put in place. One is to make sure that those with pre-existing conditions can get coverage."

    September 10, 2012 : "Well of course I’m going to repeal Obamacare."

    And he wants us to trust him on Medicare? Not likely, not likely at all.

    September 12, 2012 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  2. Legalize Reason

    Mitt, show us the tax returns or the voters will show you the gate.

    September 12, 2012 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  3. rs

    Mr. Romney lies in Spanish! Not only does he continue the mischaracterization of the Medicare "cut" Mr. Obama proposes (after all it is identical to Mr. Ryan's), but he has lied about how Medicare works at a very fundamental level. The new twist is he has done so in Spanish. GOP innovation in action!

    September 12, 2012 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  4. GI Joe

    Adelson willing to drop $100 Million into Romneys Pocket.

    THEN - get this -– Adelson will get tax cuts that will put more than a 2000% (that's 2 thousand percent) return on his money BACK IN HIS POCKET.

    And You think something is not FISHY?

    JUST SAY NO TO COMMUNIST CHINESE CASINO MONEY BUYING OUR GOVERNMENT.

    September 12, 2012 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  5. AK_steve

    Wow. Romney can lie in two languages.

    September 12, 2012 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  6. Ray E. (Georgia)

    All Social Programs belong in the States, not the Federal Government where they all are Unconstutitional. It might not be so bad if we didn't have a 16 Trillion Dollar Debt and heading for the Boneyard.

    September 12, 2012 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  7. A not-so-stupid former republican

    As a republican icon once said: "There you go again." Romney's only strategy is to attack the President with lies, innuendos, and distortions; he has no plans of his own! At least, he has no plans he is willing to discuss; just like his income taxes. Romney is a total phony!

    September 12, 2012 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  8. David

    Once again Romney did not get his facts right but ranted anyway. Is this how he would run his presidency? God help us if he wins.

    September 12, 2012 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  9. canchange

    Obama is borrowing $53,000.00 thousand dollars evry minute to spend and paid up dues,he stole from dedicaid $716 billions,and from social security $5 billions. we owed to china 1.5 trillion and to japan 1.9 trillion.Obama is the REPO president he wants all the money and properties from the rich when he finish we the rich ,he will start hitting the middle class he wants from them their money and properties,so evrybuddy is poor,conclution America is communist,socialist, with a KENYA MUSLIM PRESIDENT,the REPO MAN.thanks

    September 12, 2012 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  10. tee1227

    Hey Mitt remember self deport as you said no need to try and walk it back.

    September 12, 2012 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  11. RealityBites

    Obma wants to chain Latino's to food stamps, unemployment and welfare so they will have to vote Democrat to maintain their new American lifestyle..

    September 12, 2012 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  12. RF

    Romney proves he is bi lingual. He can lie in 2 languages!

    September 12, 2012 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  13. once upon a horse

    Waste of time Mitt you're NOT going to get the Latino vote other than maybe the Cuban-Americans who go GOP anyway for some reason. Telling heir relatives to "deport themselves" I'm sure has not been forgotten.

    September 12, 2012 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  14. Thomas

    Viva Bush Viva Romney ?

    September 12, 2012 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  15. 1twinsfan

    Self-deporting in English, pandering in Spanish.

    September 12, 2012 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  16. annieL

    Republicans can't understand the difference between "benefit cuts" and "savings"???? And we want them to manage the federal budget? I thought Romney was the business brain. Guess he hired a Democrat CPA to keep the books at Bain.

    September 12, 2012 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  17. violet edwards

    The only reason he said anything about health care was he is falling in the poles.Hes counting on Ryans bill to do for him he don't have any of his own.When he talks he's studdering more then anything he try's to make up as he goes along..Yes God help us.

    September 12, 2012 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  18. myviewis

    Medicare Part A makes its income from payroll taxes. If Medicare doesn't have a need to spend monies, those monies are credited to Part A trust fund. The Treasury department issues Medicare a Bond, then the Treasury department can spend that money it received in exchange for the Bond it issued Medicare on anything they want, thus the Treasury department can take $716 billion to pay for the Obamacare program. These monies can result from Medicare cuts, Medicare reducing spending or from increased Revenue, Medicare Tax will increase on 2013.

    So Medicare monies do pay for Obamacare.

    September 12, 2012 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  19. Rudy NYC

    Mitt Romney must plan to "Repeal and Replace" Obamacare with Romneycare.

    September 12, 2012 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  20. Rudy NYC

    myviewis

    Medicare Part A makes its income from payroll taxes. If Medicare doesn't have a need to spend monies, those monies are credited to Part A trust fund. The Treasury department issues Medicare a Bond, then the Treasury department can spend that money it received in exchange for the Bond it issued Medicare on anything they want, thus the Treasury department can take $716 billion to pay for the Obamacare program. These monies can result from Medicare cuts, Medicare reducing spending or from increased Revenue, Medicare Tax will increase on 2013.

    So Medicare monies do pay for Obamacare.
    ------------------------–
    Under the Romney/Ryan plan, "Medicare monies do pay for tax cuts for the 1%"

    September 12, 2012 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  21. kenneth

    Romney and Ryan can't explain which tax loop holes they are going to close. Romney and Ryan can't show more than two years of tax return because democracts are going to attack them. Romney and Ryan can't be specific on anything of what they are going to do if they win other than increase military spending becasue Obama will attack him. The only thing romney know how to do and he does it well is attacking Obama. Does he think that alone will land them to whitehouse? These two guys are jokes. Grow up guys, you are no longer teens. Stand for what you believe and tell us why you believe it.

    September 12, 2012 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  22. myviewis

    Rudy NYC

    Mitt Romney must plan to "Repeal and Replace" Obamacare with Romneycare.
    -------------------------------

    That is an excellent idea since Romneycare does not touch Medicare funds, whatever monies are not used by Medicare
    they can sit in Medicare's PART A Trust Fund. So those monies medicare will not spend due to Medicare reducing spending or from the increased Revenue by the Medicare Tax increase in 2013 can sit in the Trust Fund.

    September 12, 2012 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  23. Ztarbod

    Ashley's bias is showing. Those sypathetic with President Obama claim the medicare funds removed for the Affordable Care Act will not reduce program services, but the reduction is very likely to reduce service availability. Too bad objective reporting was throw under the bus a long time ago, if it ever existed in the US.

    September 12, 2012 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  24. Rudy NYC

    @myviewis – You are typcially misinformed over the $716B that Obama supposedly robs from Medicare. Did you know that Paul Ryan, the budget quack, thought the Obama approach was such a good idea that he takes the exact same $716B out of Medicare in his Ryan Plan? Did you know that? Ryan uses his to fund tax cuts finance his Ayn Rand economy.

    September 12, 2012 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  25. Rudy NYC

    Ztarbod

    Ashley's bias is showing. Those sypathetic with President Obama claim the medicare funds removed for the Affordable Care Act will not reduce program services, but the reduction is very likely to reduce service availability.
    --------------------
    So explain what it is that Paul Ryan does with the same $716B that he takes out of Medicare under the Ryan Plan.

    September 12, 2012 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |