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  • Oct 16, 2012
    3:16 PM ET

    Obama vs. Romney on Retirement: Round Two

    Much to the chagrin of network TV programmers, tonight’s prime-time debate between President Obama and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney won’t be the last. But since next Monday’s debate in Boca Raton will focus on foreign policy, tonight’s affair might offer voters their final opportunity to watch the two rivals go head-to-head on issues related to retirement — especially their conflicting views on Medicare.

    Since the first debate, in which Romney looked sharp and detail-oriented and the president often looked like a refugee from Madame Tussauds, most national polls have shown Romney erasing some or all of the early-fall lead Obama had with voters. Medicare is one of the few topics on which the president still holds a lead…

  • Oct 12, 2012
    5:53 PM ET

    Medicare open-enrollment: Finding the right drug plan

    President Barack Obama and Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney are slugging it out over Medicare’s long-term future. But for the short term at least, health experts say enrollees mostly need to think about one area of the program: drug plans.

    Medicare’s open-enrollment period, when the 49 million Americans who use the program can make changes to their 2013 coverage, starts on Monday and runs through Dec. 7. And this time around, experts say the stakes are greater than in previous years…

  • Oct 8, 2012
    5:00 PM ET

    Poll: Where Medicare Ranks With Voters

    With the presidential election now just four weeks away, the health of Medicare and the program’s prospects will likely play a crucial role in voters’ decisions — and President Obama could be the primary beneficiary.

    The latest Health Tracking survey from the nonprofit Kaiser Family Foundation finds that 36% of Americans say Medicare is “extremely important” to their vote in the election, trailing only the economy (49%) and the federal budget deficit (41%)  among the public’s top priorities.

  • Oct 4, 2012
    5:07 PM ET

    Does Obamacare ‘Cut’ $716 Billion From Medicare?

    I mentioned before last night’s debate that Mitt Romney’s critique of President Obama’s health-care reforms might focus on the number $716 billion. I was unexpectedly prescient: By my count, based on a transcript, Romney cited the number 10 times, including twice in his closing statement. (“If the president were to be re-elected, you’re going to see a $716 billion cut to Medicare.”) The president never specifically rebutted this claim (then again, he didn’t rebut much of anything in what seemed like a fairly flat performance.) But is the Republican candidate using the statistic accurately?

About Encore

  • Encore examines the changing nature of retirement, from new rules and guidelines for financial security to the shifting identities and priorities of today’s retirees. The blog also explores news that affects retirement, from the Wall Street Journal Digital Network and around the web. Lead bloggers are reporter Catey Hill and senior editor Jeremy Olshan. Other contributors include The Wall Street Journal’s retirement columnists Glenn Ruffenach and Anne Tergesen; the Director for the Center for Retirement Research at Boston College, Alicia Munnell; and the Director of Research for Pinnacle Advisory Group, Michael Kitces, CFP.