Romney Campaign Adviser Ed Gillespie on Romney/Ryan Medicare Reform
Senior adviser to Mitt Romney, Ed Gillespie joined Fox News Sunday and responded to Chris Wallace’s earlier interview with Obama campaign adviser Robert Gibbs. Wallace asked Gillespie about Romney’s plan that would make Medicare Part A – which covers inpatient hospital care -- insolvent in 2016, in comparison to President Obama’s health care law which makes it solvent until 2024.
Gillespie responded, “That estimate does not assume that they have any other reforms. And as you know the Romney/Ryan plan is to save Medicare for future generations by allowing for different options for people if you’re, by the way, below the age of 55. There would be no change for anyone who’s currently on Medicare or 55 and above.”
Wallace pressed Gillespie about the statistics released by the Congressional Budget Office which found that under the Premium Support plan, Medicare beneficiaries will bear a much higher share of their health care costs. He simply answered, “We reject that in our analysis, Chris, and don’t believe that that is accurate.”