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Mitt Romney turns 65, will not enroll in Medicare

Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney, who celebrated his 65th birthday Monday, does not plan to enroll in Medicare, the federal senior health care program he has pledged to change if elected president.

The Republican frontrunner has proposed offering seniors “premium support” — money they could use to pay for Medicare or for private insurance. Wealthy seniors, like Romney, would receive less government assistance than those of more modest means. Romney will continue to pay for private insurance, according to multiple news reports, even though he is now eligible for Medicare benefits. The news was first reported by BuzzFeed.

Romney has routinely criticized President Obama for “cutting Medicare,” citing estimates that the president’s health care overhaul will reduce spending on the program by $500 billion over a decade.

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“The president has failed to offer a single serious idea to save Social Security and is the only president in modern history to cut Medicare benefits for seniors,” Romney said in a written statement on Feb. 13, the day Obama unveiled his 2013 budget. “I believe we can save Social Security and Medicare with a few commonsense reforms, and — unlike President Obama — I’m not afraid to put them on the table.”


Callum Borchers can be reached at callum.borchers@gmail.com.