In Florida, Medicare is not a senior-only issue

(l-r): Democrat Patrick Murphy; Republican Rep. Allen West (Source:

The Herald report continues: In the 18th Congressional District, which includes parts of Palm Beach County and all of Martin and St. Lucie counties to the north, Republican Rep. Allen West has in multiple statements embraced his two votes for the Ryan model. But West’s initial general election ads don’t mention that, as he pledges not to balance the budget on seniors’ backs.

Democratic challenger Patrick Murphy said Medicare “is the clear distinction” in the race. Murphy, West’s Democratic challenger, said a plan that moves from a “guarantee” to private premium subsidies “is not the same as keeping our Medicare promise.” Tim Edson, West’s campaign manager, retorted, “If you don’t have a plan, don’t criticize ours.”

That maneuvering and voters’ reactions highlight how difficult it is to understand – and how easy it is for a candidate to manipulate – the complexities of health care economics and policy.

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