Illinois Winner Romney Supports Ryan Ideas On Medicare, Medicaid
Mitt Romney took home the win in the Illinois Primary Tuesday and expressed support for Rep. Paul Ryan's budget plan that would reduce spending on Medicare and Medicaid. Rick Santorum, in the meantime, continues his quest against the health reform law.
The Washington Post: Illinois Primary: Romney Wins GOP Contest
Mitt Romney won the GOP presidential primary in Illinois on Tuesday, walloping rival Rick Santorum. … Earlier Tuesday … he offered support for the 2013 budget released Tuesday by House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.). That budget aims to lower the top tax rate paid by the wealthy while at the same time seeking to wipe out U.S. deficits by 2040. That would be done, in part, by reducing spending on federal benefit programs such as Medicare and Medicaid (Fahrenthold and Rucker, 3/21).
The New York Times: Despite Illinois Loss, Santorum Rallies Forces At Gettysburg
Rick Santorum delivered his own Gettysburg address twice Tuesday night after he lost the Illinois primary in a blowout to Mitt Romney. … He jabbed at President Obama's health care overhaul, which has become his chief object lesson when he talks about freedom being threatened. Under that health care law, he said, "every single American will depend on the federal government," adding, "that's why this election is so important" (Seelye, 3/20).
Also, ABC News fact-checks a Republican ad on higher health costs under health reform --
ABC: Fact Check: RNC Ad Hits Obama For 'Higher Costs' On Health Care
The Republican National Committee is hammering President Obama in a new TV ad over what it calls a "broken promise" to bring down health care costs for families. The ad … airs this week in the pivotal swing states of Nevada, New Mexico, Ohio, Virginia, Pennsylvania and Florida, the RNC said. The ad seems aimed at exploiting what a Kaiser Family Health Foundation poll revealed this month as the most widely cited negative perception of Obama’s health care law: increased costs overall (Dwyer, 3/20).