Former Rep. Dan Maffei wants his old job back, so he’s following President Obama’s lead and attacking his Republican opponent, Rep. Ann Marie Buerkle, with lies and misinformation. He wants to scare senior citizens into thinking Buerkle wants to end Medicare. He wrote an editorial that appeared in the Syracuse Post Standard and the very first sentence is a lie.
Last year, Rep. Ann Marie Buerkle voted for legislation that, according to the Wall Street Journal, ”would essentially end Medicare.”
So, is that what the Wall Street Journal said? Well, yes, but he forgot to finish the sentence. Here’s the complete quote from the WSJ on 4/4/11.
The plan would essentially end Medicare, which now pays most of the health-care bills for 48 million elderly and disabled Americans, as a program that directly pays those bills. Mr. Ryan and other conservatives say this is necessary because of the program’s soaring costs. Medicare cost $396.5 billion in 2010 and is projected to rise to $502.8 billion in 2016. At that pace, spending on the program would have doubled between 2002 and 2016.
What a difference context makes. The article goes on to make Ryan’s plan sound pretty reasonable.
Mr. Ryan’s proposal would apply to those currently under the age of 55, and for those Americans would convert Medicare into a “premium support” system. Participants from that group would choose from an array of private insurance plans when they reach 65 and become eligible, and the government would pay about the first $15,000 in premiums. Those who are poorer or less healthy would receive bigger payments than others. (Read More)
Dan Maffei is another typical big spending Democrat who voted for the wildly unpopular and unconstitutional ObamaCare, stimulus and everything else Pelosi told him to do.
The Republicans are trying to keep Medicare from going broke, they aren’t trying to do away with it.
Oh, and if Dan Maffei cared so much about senior citizens, why did he challenge the absentee ballot of an 80 year old disabled veteran?