Friday, July 18, 2003
Romney Attacks Seniors. Again.

A staffer to then-Gov. Jane Swift is purported to have said it first, “Why does Mitt Romney hate old people?” We can’t answer the question, but supporting evidence keeps piling up.

First Willard Mitt said he would abolish the Executive Office of Elder Affairs. (source: Boston Globe, 8/25/2002) Then he abolished Prescription Advantage. (source: Boston Herald, 2/27/2003) Then he increased health insurance costs for retirees in the town of Webster. (source: Boston Herald, 5/25/2003) Then he said he would abolish the Executive Office of Elder Affairs again! (source: Governor's office Executive Summary of the plan to reform, restructure and revitalize government, 5/14/2003; RiaF, 5/16/2003)

Now the Fraud Governor has ended the state’s 40-year policy of reimbursing retirees for the cost of the Medicare Part B payment, despite the fact that the Group Insurance Commission ended FY2003 with more than a $10 million surplus. (source: RSCMEA News, 7/2003)

Romney’s chief henchman in this latest assault on Grandma and Grandpa Voter was Under-Secretary of A&F Peter Schwarzenbach. Long-time readers of RiaF will recall that Schwarzenbach is one of Willard Mitt’s cronies from Bain Capital, where it has been alleged that no one with gray hair has ever worked. (source: RiaF, 4/1/2003) (Full disclosure: this slur has never been alleged anyplace but here, but now that it’s in print, we’re sticking with it!)

The average Massachusetts retiree in Medicare pays approximately $58.70 per month in Part B payments, payments for which they used to be reimbursed. By cost-shifting these monies, the Fraud Governor is forcing each effected retiree to eat $704 in additional health payments.

$704! This is almost as much money as Romney’s loathsome $150,000-a-year spokesman ‘earns’ in nine hours. Give or take an OCPF-sponsored working lunch/pedicure.


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