WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama used his regular weekly radio address Saturday to continue pounding away at Republican plans to overhaul Medicare, the US healthcare program for the elderly.
The address underscored the new prominence Medicare has assumed as a campaign issue in the past two weeks, since the Republican Party's presumptive presidential nominee, Mitt Romney, picked Paul Ryan as his running mate.Ryan, a Wisconsin congressman and chairman of the US House of Representatives Budget Committee, has championed an alternative to the government-run Medicare program that would provide vouchers to older Americans for the purchase of private health insurance.