Medi­care fact or fic­tion

The Covington News - - Opinion -

Dear Ed­i­tor: I just had a dis­cus­sion with a 68 year old in Wal­mart. First, he told the store clerk he was 68, and he could ag­gra­vate any­one he wanted to. Then his wife paid for their case of coke, sit­ting be­neath the seat of his mo­tor­ized cart, with food stamps. I said Rom­ney planned to add an ad­di­tional $6400 per se­nior to the cost of Medi­care. I had checked it on Factcheck be­fore go­ing to the store. The ad­di­tional cost of Medi­care as cur­rently con­si­tuted by the year 2025 was pro­jected to be $6,350 be­yond Medi­care pay­ments. Un­der the Rom­ney plan, the ad­di­tional cost was pro­jected to be $12,500, clearly an in­crease. The gentle­men replied that Obama had cut $740 bil­lion from Medi­care. I had checked that, too. Obama cut fraud. The same cut was in the Ryan Repub­li­can bud­get pro­posal. When I replied that the cut was to fraud and waste, the gentle­men replied with the fact, “Obama can take a leap for all I care.” Is this the level of fact-based di­a­logue in Cov­ing­ton? Chris Roesel


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