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BY DI READERS | AUGUST 23, 2012 6:30 AM

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Want the debate on Medicare

We want this debate on Medicare — we are ready for it, and we will win it. It’s mind-boggling to hear President Obama and his liberal cronies level deceptive and desperate claims about Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan’s plan to protect and strengthen Medicare.

It’s ironic, because some four years ago, Obama campaigned against “drastic cuts in Medicare.” Yet, Obama turned Medicare into a piggy bank for Obamacare — and he raided $716 billion from Medicare to pay for his Obamacare monstrosity.

His campaign calls this an achievement — we call this a raid.

According to a report from the administration’s own Health and Human Services Department, Obamacare’s cuts will reduce enrollment in Medicare Advantage by 50 percent and leave seniors with increased out-of-pocket costs. And the Medicare Actuary estimates that 15 percent of “hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, and home health agencies” will be in the red before the decade is over.

Obama and his allies won’t tell you all that — nor will they tell you that their beloved Obamacare puts in place a new board of 15 unelected, unaccountable bureaucrats who are required to cut Medicare every year, which will lead to denied care for current seniors.

Medicare should not be a piggy bank for Obamacare — it should be a guaranteed promise that our seniors can count on. Obama’s plan weakens Medicare, hurts current seniors and future beneficiaries, and takes money from the trust fund you have paid into all your life.

Under current projections, Medicare will not be solvent in just 12 years.

The Republican team and the Romney-Ryan plan will protect and strengthen Medicare for current and future beneficiaries. Our plan will enact patient-centered healthcare reforms that improve access and control costs. It also will contain entitlement reform that protects Medicare for current seniors while strengthening it for future generations.

Gail Gitcho
communications director, Romney for President

Akin brings up fundamental issue

Missouri Republican candidate for Senate Todd Akin created an uproar when he said on Sunday, “First of all, from what I understand from doctors, [pregnancy from rape] is really rare. If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down.”

Since then Akin has tried to backtrack from his statement, but the position of this Republican is the same as most of the Republican Party is that women who get pregnant by rape should be forced by the government to bear the child of the rapist. Akin hasn’t backed down from that position, nor has Paul Ryan, Mitt Romney’s choice for vice president.

Forcing women to bear the child of her rapist is fundamentally wrong. It creates a relationship between the woman and the rapist for the rest of her life. The rapist has parental rights and can sue for child visitation and have a say about the child’s upbringing and education. The rapist becomes part of the victim’s family. Just what America needs is more rapists making babies to become part of American society.

Akin has exposed what this election is all about. It’s about family values. For Republicans, it is the rights of the rapist that matter and the rights of women mean nothing at all. Akin is apologizing because he got caught saying what he really believes and he is not apologizing for his position requiring women to bear children for rapists. The Republican Party is upset with Akin not because he’s wrong but because they don’t want attention brought on what they really believe. If you believe that women should be forced to have the rapist’s baby, then the Republican Party is for you. Check the voting record and the position of your candidates when deciding whom to vote for in this coming election.

I’m Marc Perkel — and I approved this message.

Marc Perkel

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