U.S. President Barack Obama says his administration has taken steps to
keep Medicare viable. Medicare is the U.S. health care program for the
During his weekly address Saturday, Obama says he wants to strengthen
and preserve Medicare, while Republicans want to turn it into a voucher
program the president says will not keep up with costs. President Obama
says Americans need to know the care they need will be available when
they need it.
In the Republican address, Senator Rand Paul of the northern state of
Minnesota accused President Obama of campaigning against people who have
succeeded, and of vilifying those who employ millions of workers,
condemning "the very system that made American great."