Thursday, June 30, 2011

Dems Use GOP's Plan to End Medicare in Fundraising Emails

As we’re approaching a fundraising deadline tonight, candidates are sending out email blasts like crazy asking for money. One of the major themes that I’m seeing from Democrats is that they’re going after the Republicans for supporting Paul Ryan’s plan to end Medicare as we know it. In Virginia’s 11th District, Gerry Connolly is making the point that we were less than a thousand votes away from electing someone who would have voted for the legislation.
In April, House Republicans voted nearly unanimously to end Medicare as we know it. For more than 40 years, Medicare has made health care affordable for tens of millions of older Americans. Instead of guaranteed coverage for all Americans over the age of 65, the Republicans want to give out a voucher to buy private insurance -- vouchers that will not cover the full cost of private insurance, forcing seniors to pay thousands of dollars a year out of pocket.

I will fight to protect Medicare, but I'm going to need your help. John Boehner, Eric Cantor and the Republican leadership want to replace me with someone who will vote in lock-step with their radical right-wing agenda. The 11th District was only 981 votes away from electing someone in 2010 who would have voted for the Ryan Plan. We need to make sure that whomever the Republicans nominate in 2012 never gets a chance to vote for the Ryan Plan.
When we were in the middle of the debates over the health care reform bill back in 2009, I covered many of Gerry’s health care town halls and medicare was almost always the main topic. This was especially the case at the one held at Greenspring, which is a retirement community that has a high voter turnout is heavily sought after by members of both parties. As was the case back then, folks are once again concerned about losing their healthcare and it’s up to the Democrats to educate the public about what’s going on. And the more people realize that the Republicans are trying to do away with a crucial program just to give the profits to the insurance companies that are already responsible for millions of people being uninsured or going bankrupt due to the rising costs of healthcare.

So as much as I tend to ignore the literally hundreds of fundraising emails I get in the final hours before a fundraising emails, I’m glad to see that Democrats are strongly standing against the GOP’s plan to end medicare. It will be extremely interesting to see if this messaging has helped them once the quarterly financial numbers are reported.

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