Now we are learning that Romney lied about Senator Wyden (D-OR) 'co-leading a piece of legislation' with Paul Ryan. Will let Wyden explain:
But according to Wyden, Romney's telling of events is misleading and inaccurate.“Governor Romney is talking nonsense," Wyden said in an emailed statement Saturday night. "Bipartisanship requires that you not make up the facts. I did not ‘co-lead a piece of legislation.' I wrote a policy paper on options for Medicare."
Wyden noted he had spoken and voted against the Medicare provisions in the Ryan budget. "Governor Romney needs to learn you don't protect seniors by makings things up, and his comments sure won't help promote real bipartisanship,” he added.
Wyden and Ryan did collaborate on a policy paper in December, proposing that seniors be given a choice between traditional Medicare coverage and an alternative private plan. Wyden's decision to team up with Ryan resulted in a fair amount of criticism from fellow Democrats, prompting him to defend the collaboration in a 2,380-word op-ed published on The Huffington Post.
In the opinion piece, the Oregon senator clearly stated that the Wyden-Ryan approach was “simply a policy paper intended to start a conversation about how Democrats and Republicans might work together to uphold the Medicare Guarantee" and made it clear the proposal would in no way eliminate the traditional Medicare plan.
Wyden also took issue with Romney in the March op-ed, stating, "Mitt Romney, for example, claims to have helped write Wyden-Ryan even though I have never spoken to him about Medicare reform and have yet to hear him declare that there should always be a role for traditional government-run Medicare."
Wyden added that even if House Republicans incorporated the joint Medicare proposal in their budget, he couldn't "imagine a scenario" in which he would support that budget as a whole.
Regardless of Wyden's push back, Republicans will likely continue to seize on the Wyden-Ryan plan to counter Democratic attacks on Ryan's original 2011 budget proposal. President Barack Obama has repeatedly targeted Romney for embracing the Ryan budget and calling it "marvelous," even though Romney has maintained that it is not the plan he would put forward if elected president.Even though Wyden set the record straight, Romney/Ryan continue to lie about what was involved. It might be easier to keep track of when Romney tells the truth.
Just when the poor thought they had a shot at getting health insurance, five Republican Governors come along and pull the rug out from under them. Will someone please tell me how someone doesn't qualify for Medicaid when they make only $5,000 a year in Texas or Louisiana, $8,000 in MS, $11,000 in FL, and $16,900 in South Carolina? Now the Governors of those five states rejected Medicaid Expansion which will still not allow these people to get Medicaid.
People without any healthcare clog up emergency rooms and costing those of us with insurance a lot of money as our insurance premiums rise to compensate for the uninsured. What part of that do the Governors not understand? Maybe if they spent less time and money in their legislatures on bills about abortion, personhood, and gay marriage, there would be money to cover more people. When you talk about lack of empathy, these five Republican Governors qualify for those badges: Rick Perry (TX), Bobby Jindal (LA), Phil Bryant (MS), Rick Scott (FL), and Nikki Haley (SC).
Know some of those on the right will say these are bleeding heart stories, but these are real people with jobs not just sitting at home waiting for a welfare check like Romney declared. Millionaire Governors declaring that poor will not get Medicaid in their state is beyond disgusting:
By CARLA K. JOHNSON and KELLI KENNEDY 08/14/12 06:57 PM ET
MIAMI — Sandra Pico is poor, but not poor enough.
She makes about $15,000 a year, supporting her daughter and unemployed husband. She thought she'd be able to get health insurance after the Supreme Court upheld President Barack Obama's health care law.
Then she heard that her own governor won't agree to the federal plan to extend Medicaid coverage to people like her in two years. So she expects to remain uninsured, struggling to pay for her blood pressure medicine.
"You fall through the cracks and there's nothing you can do about it," said the 52-year-old home health aide. "It makes me feel like garbage, like the American dream, my dream in my homeland is not being accomplished."
Many working parents like Pico are below the federal poverty line but don't qualify for Medicaid, a decades-old state-federal insurance program. That's especially true in states where conservative governors say they'll reject the Medicaid expansion under Obama's health law.
In South Carolina, a yearly income of $16,900 is too much for Medicaid for a family of three. In Florida, $11,000 a year is too much. In Mississippi, $8,200 a year is too much. In Louisiana and Texas, earning more than just $5,000 a year makes you ineligible for Medicaid.
Governors in those five states have said they'll reject the Medicaid expansion underpinning Obama's health law after the Supreme Court's decision gave states that option. They favor small government and say they can't afford the added cost to their states even if it's delayed by several years. Some states estimate the expansion could ultimately cost them a billion dollars a year or more.
Many of the people affected by the decision are working parents who are poor – but not poor enough – to qualify for Medicaid.
Republican Mitt Romney's new running mate, conservative Wisconsin congressman Paul Ryan, has a budget plan that would turn Medicaid over to the states and sharply limit federal dollars. Romney hasn't specifically said where he stands on Ryan's idea, but has expressed broad support for his vice presidential pick's proposals.
The political rhetoric during a presidential campaign focuses on the middle class and leaves the uninsured working poor largely invisible, said Rand Corp. researcher Dr. Art Kellermann.
"We hear a lot of talk about unemployment and the aspirations of middle-class Americans. But we don't hear about the consequences of unemployment and the consequences of the collapsing middle class," Kellermann said. Losing health insurance is one of those consequences.
"It's like the public just doesn't want to believe anything else until it hits home," he said, "Until it's their own child, brother or parent that got laid off when they were 58, until then, it's not real."
Excerpt: Read More at Huffington PostToday President George W Bush who is trashed roundly by the far right for his 'compassionate conservatism' makes me very proud to have supported him and now realize that his worst enemies came from within the Republican Party's huge donors and far right. He understood the plight of the poor and seniors doing all he could to help them because he believed like many of us that is our obligation to help those less fortunate who are poor through no fault of their own. These people hold jobs sometimes more than one and still cannot make ends meet as they have no benefits to go with those jobs.
Walmart and other places have made their owners very wealthy while their employees get the shaft by only allowing them to work so many hours so they qualify as a part-time employee. Greed seems to have taken over in this Country now being led by today's Republicans along with the wealthy donors. I have opposed unions for years but with what I am seeing, I am beginning to question a place like Walmart with no union representation. My biggest gripe is with public service unions at the Federal Level but now with Romney/Ryan wanting to cut the DoD civilian workforce so drastically so their huge donor contractors can take over the jobs, I am even questioning my opposition to AFGE. Maybe it is time to rejoin the National Active and Retired Federal Employees (NARFE) Association.
It is time for everyone to take an honest look at today's candidates and decide who to vote for instead of following the party blindly. Surprising what taking off the blindfolds will do for you. This Republican Party is nothing like the one I have supported for years. It is a shame that Greed has infiltrated the RNC and campaigns of a lot of Republicans. How many members of Congress were elected who made an above average living only to become millionaires by the time they left Congress? Surely someone has done the research on that!