WASHINGTON — Democratic and Republican campaign operatives sniped overÂ MedicareÂ and taxes on the TVÂ talk showsÂ Sunday, whileÂ President ObamaÂ andÂ GOPÂ challengerMitt RomneyÂ attended church services with their families.
Kevin Madden, a Romney campaign senior advisor, defended Republican vice presidential candidate Rep.Â Paul Ryan‘s charge that the president “raided” $716 billion from Medicare to help pay for the 2010 healthcare overhaul.
He said plans supported by Romney and Ryan would restore the funding to make Medicare “more solvent.â€
The Obama campaign says it cut waste, fraud and abuse to reduce $716 billion in future payments to insurance companies and hospitals, and that it has used the savings, in part, to expand Medicare services to seniors and the disabled. Ryan’s own budget proposals contained the same cuts, Obama aides note.
Restoring the $716 billion in spending would force Medicare to run out of money in four years, Obama’s aides argued, and thus makes it less solvent.
“We’re happy to have a substantive debate [on Medicare], but we need some substance on the other side,â€ Stephanie Cutter, Obama deputy campaign manager, said on “This Week.”
Since Ryan joined theÂ GOPÂ ticket, the battle for theÂ White HouseÂ has largely focused on the Wisconsin lawmaker’s far-reaching budget proposals, including his proposals to partially privatize Medicare by issuing vouchers to seniors in the future.