Romney’s Medicare plan could create gap for seniors

WASHINGTON - Last week, Mitt Romney turned 65 and made the decision to forgo Medicare, the federal health insurance program for seniors. Romney made the move as he proposes delaying the age that Americans can receive Medicare to 67 as a way to rein in its skyrocketing costs.

Moreover, Romney’s plan to repeal President Obama’s health reform law would strip 65- and 66-year-olds of that law’s assurance that insurers would have to cover them even if they have preexisting conditions, as many elders do.

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