House Republicans vote to end Medicare.
WASHINGTON, DC—Today House Republicans voted to end the Medicare guarantee for seniors while lowering taxes for the ultra wealthy.
The bill voted on was Representative Paul Ryan’s (R-WI) budget plan, which would have several adverse effects. It would replace Medicare with a voucher-like program that would require seniors to pay for far more healthcare coverage out-of-pocket. The Ryan budget would also shower America’s wealthiest citizens with at least $265,000 each in tax cuts while raising taxes on the middle class. In addition, this budget plan would preserve subsidies to oil companies and would give further tax breaks to companies that ship jobs overseas.
Patsy Keever spoke about the Republican vote immediately after it took place.
We all know that we need to tighten our belts, but it cannot be at the expense of our senior citizens who have worked hard to put money into Medicare. If we are serious about closing the deficit and restoring fiscal sanity to Washington, then we need to end the tax giveaways to big oil companies and corporations that ship jobs overseas. We cannot balance the budget on the backs of seniors, the middle class, or our children.
I want to take these principles to Washington D.C., where a good dose of common sense and cooperation are direly needed. Every time I take a vote, I will ask myself, "Will this make our community a better place . . . for us, for our children and for our grandchildren?
Patsy Keever conducted an online poll and several senior roundtables across the 10th Congressional District and found that seniors strongly oppose the radical changes to Medicare that Republicans are proposing. A photograph of one of the roundtables is attached.
Rep. Patsy Keever (NC-115) is a Democratic candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives in North Carolina’s 10th Congressional District. Keever taught in the public schools for more than 25 years and served on the Buncombe County Board of Commissioners for 12 years. In 2004, she ran a spirited, grassroots campaign for Congress. In 2010, Keever was elected to the North Carolina House of Representatives from NC District 115.
For more information about Patsy Keever’s campaign for Congress, visit keeverforcongress.com.