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Romney-Ryan bad for Valley

Published: Sun, August 19, 2012 @ 12:00 a.m.

Mitt Romney’s announcement last weekend of Paul Ryan as his running mate answered a big question about his priorities. But it also raises a lot of new questions.

For example, can Valley seniors really afford the extreme, out-of-touch agenda that Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan are selling?

For years, the men and women who worked in our steel mills, auto plants, and hospitals, who loaded and drove trucks, built our homes, factories, schools, and roads, who went to war to preserve our freedom and the American Dream, paid into our country’s safety net — our Medicare and Social Security programs. We all know that the members of these great generations — our mothers and fathers, grandpas and grandmas — played by the rules and planned for their future. They looked forward to retirement years secure in the knowledge that they would receive the benefits they earned.

‘Go bankrupt’

But with the choice of Paul Ryan, Mitt Romney’s message to seniors is now the same as his message to the autoworkers at Lordstown: “Go bankrupt.”

Paul Ryan’s radical plan for our country would end Medicare as we know it — turning it into a complicated voucher system that could force Valley seniors to pay thousands of dollars for the care they need. In fact, according to the Congressional Budget Office, this kind of health care plan would increase costs for seniors by $6,350 per year. Romney calls this plan “marvelous.” Seniors suddenly hit with huge medical bills will, undoubtedly, use other words to describe this outrageous scheme.

Seniors living on fixed incomes would be forced to choose between keeping up their home or buying the prescription drugs they need, visiting their grandchild’s graduation or paying for a medical procedure critical to their well-being.


The irony is that Valley seniors have always been willing to sacrifice to keep our country strong, to ensure a brighter future for their kids and grandkids. But who are Romney and Ryan asking them to sacrifice for now: millionaires and billionaires who will receive trillions in tax cuts paid for by the drastic Medicare cuts they want to impose.

But it’s not just Medicare that’s at risk, it’s Social Security as well.

Ryan’s plan mandates that people under 55 divert about half of their Social Security payroll taxes away from the traditional program and into private accounts. That means the retirement security for millions of Americans will be subject to the whims and fluctuations of the stock market.

In addition to the irresponsible cuts to Medicare and Social Security Romney-Ryan favor, the Republican pair would also overturn the entire Affordable Care Act — a law that protects seniors by cutting wasteful spending in Medicare. Those savings improve the quality of care for seniors, reduce costs, and extend the solvency of the Medicare by eight years.

By repealing the Affordable Care Act, Romney and Ryan would reopen the Medicare Donut Hole, which, until it was closed, forced our parents and grandparents to pay thousands of dollars per year for life-saving prescription drugs.

Seniors should be concerned about what Romney and Ryan will do the Medicare and Social Security benefits they paid for and earned and what this draconian plan would do to the America they worked and fought to build for future generations.

Betras is chairman of the Mahoning County Democratic Party.


1redeye1(5678 comments)posted 3 years, 11 months ago

Betras is nothing more then a blowhard who is trying to blow smoke up your arse. If nothing is done soon medcare as we know it will be gone. It was the D party people who have already ruined the SS program . First they borrowed from it and they stil haven't paid it back., then they put taxes on it,and last but not the least they changed the way inflation rate was figured, so they didn't have to keep giving raises to seniors. And now that supposed tax cut that everyone is enjoying is really a tax cut to the SS program, money that it isn't getting now. As far as the valley suffering from what Romney and Ryan stand for. That is crazy. my question is "what would have had happen if GM really did go thru the proper bankruptcy process. Well NO one really knows, but my feelings are that Lordstown would still be here. This is just another scare tactic by the D party that is running scared

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2andersonathan(687 comments)posted 3 years, 11 months ago

Just makes me sad to know some people are so full of liberalism that they just do not make sense.

And to think Obuma for four more God help us all Please vote Romney/Ryan before it is to late.

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3Letstryagain(218 comments)posted 3 years, 11 months ago

There is no mention that individuals over the age of 55 will not be subject to any changes. I cannot figure why our leaders, those trying to provide the voting public with the facts in order to make a sound decision, always exclude this significant detail.

Social Security and Medicare's future will be eliminated unless action is taken now.

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4Delphisalariedretirees(76 comments)posted 3 years, 11 months ago

Voters - Remember how Obama has so far refused to fix the Delphi retiree issue that HIS Administration caused.

Stay tuned. Obama WILL fix this injustice, or he WILL lose Ohio and the election!! Get right on this, Dave Betras, if you know what's good for the Democratic Party, who has abandoned these Valley reitrees!!

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5Delphisalariedretirees(76 comments)posted 3 years, 11 months ago

At least Doug Franklin was man enough to admit that a mistake was made in the Delphi salaried pension issue, unlike the authoe of this article, as well as the man who lets it continue, BARACK OBAMA.

Barack WILL either be man enough to fix this issue, or he will be forced to fix this issue. Stay tuned, voters...

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6andersonathan(687 comments)posted 3 years, 11 months ago



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7WilliamSwinger(341 comments)posted 3 years, 11 months ago

Romney/Ryan bad for valley Democrats you mean. Good for Valley. Bad for Valley Democrats.

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8Coffeecupguy(5 comments)posted 3 years, 11 months ago

Betras is whats bad for the valley, The man has no respect for people with an opposing view, typical spoiled little rich kid!

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9Delphisalariedretirees(76 comments)posted 3 years, 10 months ago

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