US presidential campaign focus turns to Medicare, not jobs

By REUTERS
August 16, 2012 00:40

 
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DUBUQUE - President Barack Obama launched an attack Wednesday on congressman Paul Ryan's plan to reform Medicare, a divisive issue that has obscured Republican attempts to make the White House election campaign all about jobs.

Mitt Romney's announcement of Ryan as his vice presidential running mate on Saturday energized the Republican campaign but brought the health insurance program into focus due to the Wisconsin congressman's controversial budget plan that includes reform of Medicare.

"They want to turn Medicare into a voucher program," Obama told a crowd in Dubuque, Iowa. "And because the voucher wouldn't keep up with costs, the plan ... would force seniors to pay an extra $6,400 a year, and I assume they don't have it."

Vice President Joe Biden triggered outrage from Romney on Tuesday by saying the Republican would put people "in chains" if elected president.

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