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The Vague Factor: “
On “60 Minutes,” Romney said: “I don’t want any change to Medicare for current seniors or for those that are nearing retirement. So the plan stays exactly the same.”
Still, it’s unclear if that means a guarantee of no future cuts for those remaining in traditional Medicare, or if Romney is merely saying that the overall design of the program will stay the same.”
Good question, especially since Governor Romney has managed to turn vague political rhetoric into a form of modern performance art.