President Obama Delivers Campaign Speech in New Hampshire; Goes on the Attack Against Romney/Ryan Medicare Plan
President Obama delivered a speech at a campaign event in Rochester, New Hampshire. He spoke to the supporters who gathered there, pointing out the differences between his and Mitt Romney’s campaign. “This is a choice between two fundamentally different visions for our country, two fundamentally different ideas about the direction that we should be going.”
Recalling former President Bush’s time in office, the president said, “We had seen a decade before I came into office in which jobs were being shipped overseas, we had run two wars on a credit card, gone from surplus to deficit, wages and incomes actually went down during this period, even as the costs of everything from health care and college were going up. A few folks on the top were doing really really well, but for a lot of middle class families, folks were working harder and harder and it seems like if you were lucky you were just treading water. And that was before the economic crisis.”
He went on the attack against the Romney/Ryan Medicare reform plan, saying, “Governor Romney wants to turn Medicare into a voucher system. Congressman Ryan
wants to turn Medicare a voucher system. I on the other hand have strengthened Medicare. We made reforms that extended the life of the program, saved millions of seniors with Medicare hundreds of dollars on their prescription drugs – we’re closing the doughnut hole. The only changes to benefits that we made was to make the benefits better by making sure that Medicare now covers new preventive services like cancer screenings and wellness visits for free."
President Obama continued, “Meanwhile, Governor Romney and Congressman Ryan want to give seniors a voucher to buy insurance on their own. Which again somebody did the analysis, not us, somebody else -- and they estimate that this could force seniors to pay as much as an extra $6,400 dollars a year for their health care.”