With the debate turning to Medicare, President Barack Obama said Mitt Romney's plan would be to turn the program into a voucher program.
"If you're 54 or 55 you might want to listen," Obama said. He then explained the proposal put forth by Romney and running mate Paul Ryan.
Romney responded by assuring retirees they would not be affected.
"Neither the president nor I are proposing any changes for any current retirees or near retirees for Social Security or Medicare," Romney said, and then added that Obama is cutting $716 billion from Medicare.
"I can't understand how you can cut Medicare,” Romney said, “... for current recipients. I want to take that $716 billion you cut and put it back in Medicare."
Romney said Obamacare “has killed jobs," and raised the Massachusetts health care plan, saying that it was a state-based plan.
"I like the way we did it in Massachusetts," Romney said and touted how he got Democrats and Republicans to work together. To Obama, he said, "You pushed through something that you and Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid thought was the best thing.”
Prior to the Medicare back and forth, the candidates discussed Social Security. Obama said he and Romney aren’t far apart on the issue and invoked his grandmother, Madelyn Dunham, who received Social Security and Medicare in the later years of her life. "These are folks who have worked hard like my grandmother," he says. "My approach is how to strengthen the system in the long run.”
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