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Push back on the $716b is fine but it is too broad. Maybe it is just how we think, but after years of watching the other side turn our strengths into weaknesses we seem not to have learned the lesson. You have to break it down. "Mitt wants restore Waste and Fraud".

We have to hit one bit of the logic chain hard and repeatedly until it penetrates the media. Collectively we still have that much power. Variations with a positive spin are also good "Obama Cuts Fraud in Extends life of Medicare / Romney wants to take it all back". The key as I see it is to push one detail continuously and relentlessly until the other side starts negotiating the price. "Well just how much of the savings will Mitt put back?". That is the jugular gotcha kind of question the press and the pundits love.

Then and only then can you follow up with the next detailed attack. I believe that this should be "Republicans say: Entitlement reform must hurt consumers". I think it is important to follow up with a myth enforcing line. This small foray into the village obsessed call for reform can be used to broaden the debate and shift the frame in our direction. It held and expanded benefits something we will be fighting for. It squeezed the profits of the suppliers. Romney and all of the defenders will be arguing to restore them. That plays on the who do you really trust to reform Entitlements, the Democrats protectors of the little guy or Republicans the protectors of big business.

Any way you see the pattern. I only wish I was a skilled enough writer to contribute this and the following deconstructions.

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Originally posted to Judeling on Sat Aug 18, 2012 at 02:07 AM PDT.

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  •  I agree -- it has to be short and punchy (3+ / 0-)
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    Judeling, flor de jasmim, OooSillyMe

    Obama cuts $700B in waste to fund increased BENEFITs for seniors.  Ryan cuts $700B  in BENEFITS for seniors to fund tax cuts for him and his friends.

  •  The "Ryan Plan" (0+ / 0-)

      At least in the last version, 2011-12, it was an dull but interesting read.
       In it, he speaks to Medicare Fraud - based on 2008.  When one starts cherry-picking what year to use as a "marker", doesn't that disregard everything else that has occurred since 2008?
        Yes, the USDOJ.gov website is a PIA, as it lists all cases, speeches, etc that have happened by month.  That and it gets a little wonky, because the month to month reporting v. annual reporting is Oct to Oct.

    1.  This from Oct, 2009 Since the inception of Strike Force operations in March 2007 – Miami (Phase One), Los Angeles (Phase Two), Detroit (Phase Three) and Houston (Phase Four) – the Strike Force has obtained indictments of 331 individuals and organizations that collectively have billed the Medicare program for more than $720 million.

    2.  Oct 2010  Since their inception in March 2007, Medicare Fraud Strike Force operations in seven districts have obtained indictments of more than 825 individuals who collectively have falsely billed the Medicare program for more than $2 billion.

    3.  Oct 2011   Since their inception in March 2007, Medicare Fraud Strike Force operations in nine locations have charged more than 1,140 defendants who collectively have falsely billed the Medicare program for more than $2.9 billion.

    4.   Aug 2012  Since its inception in March 2007, the Medicare Fraud Strike Force, now operating in nine cities across the country, has charged more than 1,330 defendants who have collectively billed the Medicare program for more than $4 billion.

        Why oh why would Ryan want to exclude this information that the DOJ in partnership with HHS has continued to grow and expand.  The number of cases and penalties has increased during this Administration.
         And why wouldn't he acknowledge that GWB only got around to figuring out that Medicare Fraud was happening in 2008 - in which he created this force (in a singular locale) by Executive Order 13166?

        And perhaps this is why the R/R team are no longer talking about their programs?  

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