Romney Turns 65, Takes a Pass on Medicare

He accuses Obama of trying to destroy 'Medicare as we know it'

By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff

Posted Mar 13, 2012 4:00 AM CDT

(Newser) – Mitt Romney turned 65 yesterday, but unlike most Americans of his vintage, he won't be enrolling in Medicare or Social Security. A campaign aide confirmed that Romney will be keeping his private insurance plan. The candidate's Medicare policy statement says he believes wealthier seniors should receive less support, although Democrats are likely to use his decision to portray him as out of touch with the average American senior, Politico notes.

Romney's campaign marked his birthday by issuing a memo accusing President Obama of trying to "end Medicare as we know it" through spending cuts and other means. The memo—and a rebuttal—can be seen here. Romney himself spent his birthday on the campaign trail and at least one well-wisher had a hard time reaching him: A spokesman for Rick Santorum says his candidate left a birthday message for Romney after being sent to voicemail when he called, ABC reports.

Birthday boy Mitt Romney greets supporters at the Whistle Stop Cafe in Mobile, Alabama yesterday.
Birthday boy Mitt Romney greets supporters at the Whistle Stop Cafe in Mobile, Alabama yesterday.   (AP Photo/ John David Mercer)
Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney carries a cake to celebrate Los Angeles Times journalist Mave Reston's birthday in Jacksonville, Florida, January 30, 2012.
Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney carries a cake to celebrate Los Angeles Times journalist Mave Reston's birthday in Jacksonville, Florida, January 30, 2012.   (Getty Images)
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