Republicans blasted the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) at their national convention in Tampa, Fla., and Democrats have been celebrating the existence of PPACA at their convention in Charlotte, N.C.
Thoughts about the need for long-term care (LTC) services have also dribbled in.
Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney referred to provisions in PPACA that call for the federal government to reduce support for Medicare Advantage plan providers and to cut Medicare provider reimbursement levels.
“His $716 billion cut to Medicare to finance Obamacare will both hurt today’s seniors, and depress innovation – and jobs – in medicine.” Romney said.
To strengthen the economy and give small businesses a chance to grow, “we must rein in the skyrocketing cost of health care by repealing and replacing Obamacare,” Romney said.
Romney did not mention LTC services or the need for LTC services directly, but he seemed to imply that he supports the premise that older people and people with disabilities should get help from society as a whole.
“That united America” that people who have given their lives for the country loved “will care for the poor and the sick, will honor and respect the elderly, and will give a helping hand to those in need,” Romney said.
Paul Ryan, Romney’s running mate, spent more talking both about PPACA and the need for LTC services.
“The president has declared that the debate over government-controlled health care is over,” Ryan said. “That will come as news to the millions of Americans who will elect Mitt Romney so we can repeal Obamacare.”
Like Romney, Ryan talked about the Obama administration and PPACA reducing funding for Medicare Advantage programs and Medicare provider reimbursement programs.