Several editorials and opinions offer new perspectives on the presidential campaign's focus on federal funding of Medicare.
Los Angeles Times: The Medicare Feud Explained: Both Sides Would Cut But GOP More
Americans who don't count themselves confused by the current debate over Medicare must be in the minority. Mitt Romney and Republican running mate Rep. Paul D. Ryan accused President Obama of hurting seniors by cutting $716 billion from the federal health program. The president retorts that the Republicans would "end Medicare as we know it." The truth is that both sides have plans that dramatically change the nearly half-century-old program (James Rainey, 8/16).
The Washington Post: The Real Medicare Question
Republicans and Democrats are being equally nasty in their campaign rhetoric, but they're not being equally truthful. To cite one example, much of what the GOP is saying about Medicare simply isn't supported by the facts (Eugene Robinson, 8/16).
The Washington Post: Taking Health-Care Reform A Step Further
If turning Medicare into a voucher program isn't the answer to controlling the program's growth, what is? This is the essential question about the federal budget. Already, health care consumes 25 percent of federal spending, of which Medicare accounts for two-thirds. ... So what's a responsible Democrat to do? As it turns out, 23 responsible Democrats -; some of the left's leading thinkers in the health-care field -; have just come up with a set of answers (Ruth Marcus, 8/16).
The Wall Street Journal: Why Republicans Can Win
The only candidate gutting Medicare today is Obama. The only candidate who intends to preserve Medicare for future generations is Romney (Kimberley A. Strassel, 8/16).
The Wall Street Journal: The Mediscare Boomerang
President Obama all but called Paul Ryan's Medicare reform un-American in 2011, and Democrats have since spent 16 months running their familiar Mediscare campaign. But all of a sudden liberals and their media bodyguards claim to be scandalized because Mitt Romney has the nerve to defend himself by describing Mr. Obama's own "Medicare cuts." How dare he? (8/16).