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Video News: Dem 'war room' at RNC hits back on Medicare (5:00)

By Modern Healthcare
Posted: August 30, 2012 - 11:30 am ET

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In a video interview from the Republican National Convention, Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), ranking member on the House Budget Committee, says Mitt Romney's plan to restore the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act's $716 billion in Medicare savings would harm seniors now and that the GOP presidential candidate's other Medicare plans would hit future beneficiaries. Washington Bureau Chief Jessica Zigmond caught Van Hollen at the Democrats' "war room" set up outside the convention's security perimeter to counter the GOP's message. The Maryland Democrat also explains how the Republican proposal to offer seniors premium subsidies is not identical to the Federal Employee Health Benefit Plan that members of Congress use, and why hospitals and physicians should embrace the Affordable Care Act.

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