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.
Jacksonville, Florida (CNN) - A super PAC supporting Newt Gingrich is hitting the Florida airwaves Friday with a television ad that essentially accuses Mitt Romney of committing Medicare fraud.
And now one of Gingrich's leading backers in Florida, former Attorney General Bill McCollum, is also raising questions about a Massachusetts medical testing company called Damon Corp. that pleaded guilty in 1996 to fraudulently billing Medicare and paid a $119 million fine.
Editor's note: Part of the CNN Republican debate fact-checking series
(CNN) - Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney accused former House Speaker Newt Gingrich of having lobbied in favor of Medicare Part D, the federal program that provides drugs for senior citizens, during Monday night's Republican debate in Tampa, Florida.
Romney said other congressmen said they were lobbied by Gingrich at the time.FULL STORY
Des Moines, Iowa (CNN) - Another Republican has come forward to say that Newt Gingrich personally pressed her and other members of Congress in 2003 to vote for a controversial Medicare prescription drug benefit.
The provision, known as Medicare Part D, passed the House that summer by a narrow margin and eventually took effect in 2006.
(CNN) - During Thursday's debate, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich pushed back against charges that he initially derided House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan's plan to overhaul Medicare before ultimately coming out in support of the plan.
Citing comments Gingrich made during an appearance on NBC's "Meet the Press" back in May, Fox News host Neil Cavuto asked Gingrich if Mitt Romney's claims that he has been inconsistent on the issue are fair.
Fort Dodge, Iowa (CNN) – Newt Gingrich threw his support behind Republican Rep. Paul Ryan and Democratic Sen. Ron Wyden's new Medicare reform plan, calling it "a big step in the right direction."
"It's nice to see us break how Washington's been operating and a Democrat and a Republican come together for that kind of bipartisan approach," Gingrich said Thursday, speaking at the Willow Ridge Golf course in Fort Dodge.
Washington (CNN) - They know better than to propose legislation in the current political atmosphere, but two political opposites came to terms Thursday on keeping Medicare solvent. They are left wondering, however, if their political parties will.
Rep. Paul Ryan, the Republican Budget Committee Chairman who sparked an outcry this year by proposing to privatize all of Medicare gave in a lot. So too, liberal Sen. Ron Wyden, a member of the Special Aging Committee, who is bound to spark an outcry from many within his own party.
(CNN) - The statement: "The federal government is such a bad manager of money that somewhere between 70 and $120 billion a year in Medicare and Medicaid is paid to crooks ... I would start to balance the budget by stop paying the crooks, not by cheating honest Americans."
- former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, a Monday night's CNN-Tea Party Republican debate
The facts: The federal government estimates that in 2010, about 5.5% of its spending - about $125 billion - involved "improper payments" to businesses or individuals.FULL STORY