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Obama to Use New Study to Attack Mitt Romney on Medicare

MANDEL NGAN/AFP/GettyImages(MELBOURNE, Fla.) — Campaigning in Florida Sunday, President Obama will seize on a new analysis showing the Romney-Ryan plan would raise Medicare costs to launch fresh attacks against his opponents’ plan to “voucherize” the popular entitlement program.

Appealing to the large senior population in this key battleground state, the president will highlight a new study by the left-leaning Center for American Progress that found that, under the Romney-Ryan Medicare plan, seniors turning 65 in 2023 would see their health care costs increase by $59,500 during retirement.

The analysis found the numbers are even higher for future generation. According to the study, a person who qualifies for Medicare in 2030 would, on average, have to pay an extra $125,000 in Medicare costs over the course of their retirement.

The president ramped up his hammering of his opponents’ Medicare proposals on the road Saturday.

“No American should ever have to spend their golden years at the mercy of insurance companies. After a lifetime of labor, you should retire with dignity and respect. You’ve earned it,” he told supporters in Kissimmee, Fla. “We do have to reform and we will strengthen Medicare over the long haul, but we’re going to do it by reducing the costs of health care — not by dumping those costs on to seniors.”

The Romney campaign has attacked the president in recent weeks for cutting $716 billion from Medicare. What the Romney campaign has not mentioned, however, is that Obama’s cuts do not impact Medicare eligibility or benefits.

“I want you to know I will never turn Medicare into a voucher,” Obama said. “These guys are out there running these ads about how somehow we’re weakening Medicare. We strengthened Medicare.”

In response, the Romney campaign said Obama’s latest attacks are “a sign of desperation.”

“Only one candidate in this race has robbed today’s Medicare of $716 billion to pay for Obamacare – Barack Obama. He has done nothing to reform Medicare for the long haul and prevent it from going bankrupt, and on his watch family health care premiums have increased by nearly $2,500. The President’s decision to use discredited studies and outright falsehoods to attack Mitt Romney is an admission that he can’t talk about his record of crushing the middle class and failing to turn the economy around,” Romney campaign spokesman Ryan Williams said in a written statement.

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Center for American Progress' Neera Tanden On Obama: 'Washington Will Not Determine His Success' In 2011

Photo Courtesy - Saul Loeb | AFP | Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- When President Obama returns from vacation next week, he’ll get his first taste of life with a bigger and more emboldened Republican Congress eager to repeal much of the legislation passed over the last two years.

On Thursday ABC News spoke with Center for American Progress’ Neera Tanden, who argued that the President shouldn’t get too caught up in what is happening on the Hill, but should instead “get out of Washington, because Washington will not determine his success.”

The Chief Operating Officer of the liberal think tank and former director of domestic policy for the Obama-Biden campaign, Tanden told ABC News that given the current make-up of Congress, Obama “can’t measure success by Congress alone.  I think you’ll see in the State of the Union the beginning elements of his re-election campaign, communicating why he’s the best person to be president right now and how the things he’s done really help benefit the American people. I think that will be what he does for two years. He’s got to get out of Washington because Washington will not determine his success.”

Tanden also weighed in on the fate of the health care law, something she knows a lot about given her role as a former senior advisor for health reform at the Department of Health and Human Services. While acknowledging that the Administration has a “big communications challenge” in connecting Americans with the specific benefits of the law that may benefit them, she also warns that “at the end of the day, the Republicans want to repeal all of these particular benefits and you have to tell people that’s what they’re doing.”

Furthermore, notes Tanden, Republican efforts to dismantle the law could backfire. “I think one of the lessons we learned from this last election,” said Tanden, “is that people want to focus on the economy and if they focus everyday on healthcare instead of economic issues, I think that will be a detriment to them as well.”

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