Romney to forgo Medicare
March 12th, 2012
01:11 PM ET
2 years ago

Romney to forgo Medicare

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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Filed under: 2012 • Medicare • Mitt Romney
Top Gingrich backer: Medicare fraud questions 'fair game' for Romney
January 27th, 2012
09:51 AM ET
2 years ago

Top Gingrich backer: Medicare fraud questions 'fair game' for Romney

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.
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Filed under: 2012 • Medicare • Mitt Romney • Newt Gingrich
Truth Squad: Did Gingrich lobby for Medicare Part D?
January 24th, 2012
08:00 AM ET
2 years ago

Truth Squad: Did Gingrich lobby for Medicare Part D?

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.

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Filed under: 2012 • Florida • Medicare • Newt Gingrich
Gingrich urged yes vote on controversial Medicare bill, former congresswoman says
December 28th, 2011
03:02 PM ET
2 years ago

Gingrich urged yes vote on controversial Medicare bill, former congresswoman says

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.
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Filed under: Medicare • Newt Gingrich
Checking the transcript on Gingrich's debate pushback
December 16th, 2011
11:09 AM ET
2 years ago

Checking the transcript on Gingrich's debate pushback

(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.
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Filed under: 2012 • Medicare • Newt Gingrich • Paul Ryan
Gingrich backs bipartisan Medicare proposal
December 15th, 2011
04:15 PM ET
2 years ago

Gingrich backs bipartisan Medicare proposal

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.
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Filed under: 2012 • Congress • Medicare • Newt Gingrich
New proposal for Medicare
December 15th, 2011
04:09 PM ET
2 years ago

New proposal for Medicare

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.
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Filed under: Congress • Medicare • Paul Ryan
Gingrich commits to America in 21st Century Contract
September 29th, 2011
09:48 AM ET
3 years ago

Gingrich commits to America in 21st Century Contract

(CNN) – Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich's thumbs have been busy.

On Thursday, he will unveil the new version of 1994's "Contract with America" in Des Moines. The revamped "commitment," named the "21st Century Contract with America," is said to have been composed on the 2012 candidate's Blackberry in the memo section, using his thumbs.
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Filed under: 2012 • Medicare • Newt Gingrich • Social Security • Taxes
Fact Check: Are Medicare and Medicaid 'paid to crooks?'
September 13th, 2011
10:16 AM ET
3 years ago

Fact Check: Are Medicare and Medicaid 'paid to crooks?'

(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.

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Debt ceiling impasse imperils safety net programs
US Treasury prints Social Security checks July 18.
July 23rd, 2011
04:31 PM ET
3 years ago

Debt ceiling impasse imperils safety net programs

NEW YORK (CNNMoney) - Social Security payments aren't the only federal lifeline that could grind to a halt if the debt ceiling impasse continues beyond Aug. 2.

The federal government supports myriad safety net programs, such as unemployment insurance, tuition grants, food stamps, child care subsidies and housing assistance. That's not to mention the nation's massive health insurance programs: Medicare and Medicaid.

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Filed under: Debt • Deficit • Medicaid • Medicare • Social Security
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