President Obama and his administration have taken on a major PR campaign to quell rumors and defend the massive healthcare overhaul against opposition.
Yesterday, in a speech to 200 seniors, Obama assured his audience that reform would protect their benefits, attesting to the maintenance of guaranteed benefits, eligibility, and overall Medicare costs. He also introduced new amendments, initiated to prevent Medicare fraud.
Older Americans are considered an essential voting bloc, as they regularly visit the polls. However, several surveys show that seniors are concerned with the maintenance of their government-funded insurance, Medicare, following Obama's proposed healthcare reform.
Obama went on to defend reform against opposition, addressing rumored death panels and substantial changes in Medicare-provided benefits. He explained that his plan would reduce overall costs and unnecessary spending—not bankrupt Medicare and Medicaid.