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He is not yet president, but Mitt Romney may have already saved America.
And he did so by choosing Paul Ryan as his running mate. That decision put Medicare front and center in the presidential debate.
Medicare, one of the many ticking time bombs facing this country, is something politicians have been afraid to touch because of the lies that emanate from the mouths of Democrats whenever the subject is broached.
Paul Ryan was not afraid to address it in his recent budget proposal, but the truths he spoke were drowned out by Democratic and media lies. But now the issue is part of a presidential debate and Romney and Ryan can talk straight to the public about it without media distortion. Finally, the truth will be told.
And the truth is pretty simple and easy to understand. Romney’s plan affects no one age 55 and over — no one. For those folks, Medicare remains unchanged. Those under 55 will now have a choice of plans of which Medicare will be one. The introduction of competition among the plans will help hold down costs and make it all affordable. Pretty simple.
The only Democratic comeback, other than lies, is their claim that they will save Medicare until 2026. If that is true, you better start saving your money if you plan on being 65 or older after that date, because Medicare is going away and you will then be responsible for paying 100 percent of your medical costs. That is a pretty simple truth too.
As I said, Mitt Romney may have already saved America because he has forced this much-needed debate and he has proposed a plan that protects freedom and choice. And, after all, isn’t freedom and choice what this country is all about?
Joseph K. Waltenbaugh
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