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
Birthday boy Mitt Romney greets supporters at the Whistle Stop Cafe in Mobile, Alabama yesterday.   (AP Photo/ John David Mercer)

(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.

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Mar 13, 2012 4:25 PM CDT
A bit misleading there Newser. Mitt can't get full benefits for another year but I'll bet he'll take them when he can. On the other hand I'm sure glad he has a choice on medical insurance. At 65 my employer's insurance plan will end and I'll be forced onto Medicare. Bet most other working stiffs are in the same boat.
Mar 13, 2012 2:30 PM CDT
When Santorum called, Romney was heard as saying, "Oh God, not this shit again".
Mar 13, 2012 11:42 AM CDT
Uhhhh- wonder how Medicare compares to his private insurance plan. He thinks this makes him look good - while in reality, it's just another gaffe.