President Barack Obama's senior campaign adviser on Tuesday touted the benefits of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and questioned the effects of Mitt Romney's campaign promise to restore the more than $700 billion in Medicare payment cuts included in the 2010 law.
From a Democratic war room blocks away from the site of the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., Robert Gibbs said he thinks it will be fascinating to watch Romney and his vice presidential running mate Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) “dance around” budget issues and Medicare. Gibbs and Democratic lawmakers, including Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley, hosted a news conference to counter the message of Republicans, who are expected to vote on their official party platform later Tuesday.
“The enhancements that the president made to Medicare extend the hospital trust fund for eight years, which is why hospitals supported the president's plan in healthcare reform,” said Gibbs, senior adviser for Obama for America who served as White House press secretary from January 2009 through February 2011.