Speaking at a rally in Roanoke, Virginia, today, Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney falsely claimed that seniors would “most likely” not be able to see doctors who are specialists if President Obama is re-elected (video below).
Romney’s campaign has claimed for months that President Obama “robbed” $716 billion from Medicare to pay for the Affordable Care Act. That claim that has been debunked numerous times by fact checkers, such as Politifact, reports RawStory.com.
The $716 billion did not go to care for seniors, but rather to overcharging by insurance companies. Ironically, Romney's running mate Rep. Paul Ryan suggested cutting Medicare by the same amount, $716 billion, in his economic plan.
Romney said: “I happen to believe that the choice you make will have enormous consequence for a senior who’s perhaps needing the care of a specialist. If he or she makes a call to the doctor and if Obamacare is installed and the president’s re-elected, why when making that call, you’re mostly likely going to have the receptionist come back and say, ‘Sorry, we’re not taking in more Medicare patients.’Because the president is cutting Medicare to pay for Obamacare.”