Republican candidate Mitt Romney lies blatantly about Medicare while out campaigning. Since the 1970s, Medicare beneficiaries have had the option to receive care through private plans, now called Medicare Advantage. Over decades, these private plans shifted from producing savings to focusing on expanding access and providing extra benefits, resulting in taxpayers paying more for Medicare Advantage enrollees than those on traditional Medicare. Obama's 2010 health care law reduces federal payments to certain providers, bringing Medicare Advantage costs in line with traditional Medicare. Over the next 10 years these reductions save $716 billion. Romney claims this is President Obama's $716 billion raid on Medicare. In fact, Obamacare redirects these funds to close the current Medicare drug donut hole and provide seniors preventive care without copays. If elected, Romney promises to repeal Obamacare, forfiting these savings, costing seniors more for drugs and preventive care, while reducing the life of the Medicare trust fund by 8 years!
If Romney doesn't hesitate to lie about facts we voters can so easily find in the news and from reputable online sources, should we just trust him on his taxes? As Reagan said, "Trust but verify."
JULIE HYDE, Burbank