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Tuesday, June 14, 2011

DSCC Calls Out John Sanchez, Heather Wilson for Silence on Horrible GOP Medicare Plan

The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC) has released a statement pointing out that GOP Senate candidates John Sanchez and Heather Wilson continue to skirt the public and remain silent on the Republican plan to end Medicare. As the Senate continues budget negotiations, Republican leaders are still demanding that their extreme plan to end Medicare in order to pay for tax breaks for millionaires and big oil companies is included as part of any final deal. Unfortunately, John Sanchez and Heather Wilson are refusing to criticize their party’s attack on Medicare.

“John Sanchez and Heather Wilson are refusing to tell their fellow beltway Republicans to end their campaign to end Medicare,” said Matt Canter, DSCC spokesman. “The extreme Republican plan that ends Medicare to pay for tax breaks for the rich and Big Oil companies is a non-starter.  Instead of kowtowing to the Republican D.C. establishment and big oil executives, John Sanchez and Heather Wilson should finally stand up for New Mexico seniors and abandon their party’s plan to end Medicare.”

Using an online petition launched by the DSCC last week, nearly 40,000 online activists have called on John Sanchez and Heather Wilson to finally stand up for New Mexico seniors by telling GOP leaders to take their extreme plan to end Medicare off the table in the ongoing budget talks. According to the DSCC the petition effort is part of a larger online push to mobilize thousands of online activists against the Republican plan to end Medicare, a push that includes a series of online ads specifically designed to reach New Mexicans.

While poll after poll shows the vast majority of voters think the GOP Medicare plan is a non-starter, GOP leaders in Washington are pressuring Republican candidates to fall in line and publicly reaffirm their support for the extreme plan. Just last week, Republican House Majority Leader Eric Cantor called on all Republican Senate candidates, including John Sanchez and Heather Wilson, to officially endorse the GOP budget plan.

According to congressional reports, the typical New Mexico senior would pay $4,755 more in out-of-pocket health care costs under the Republican plan. It would take away $4.5 billion in health care funding for seniors and persons with disabilities in New Mexico. And the Republican plan would force more than 21,400 New Mexico seniors to pay an extra $12 million for prescriptions in 2012 alone.

Background:

•         The Republican plan to end Medicare will increase out-of-pocket health care costs for a typical 65 year-old New Mexico senior by $4,755 in 2022 –- more than double the cost under current law.  [DPCC Fact Sheet]

•         In New Mexico, more than 21,400 seniors would pay $12 million more for prescription drugs in 2012 alone under the Republican plan.  [DPCC Fact Sheet]

•         In New Mexico, the Republican plan could cut $4.5 billion in federal health care funding for seniors and the disabled through Medicaid, including life-saving nursing home care.  [DPCC Fact Sheet]

June 14, 2011 at 09:11 AM in 2012 NM Senate Race, Democratic Party, Healthcare, Heather Wilson, John Sanchez | Permalink

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The fact that people are still driven into medical bankruptcy and that our medical providers will not or cannot be paid shows the dysfunction of our medical delivery system in this nation. Health insurance reform did not fix it. The greedy are still wealth stripping via health care extortion.
Now, our national dialog has swung so far to the radical right that we are defending our health delivery systems that do work at lower costs. Insane.

Posted by: qofdisks | Jun 14, 2011 10:56:39 AM

"“John Sanchez and Heather Wilson are refusing to tell their fellow beltway Republicans to end their campaign to end Medicare,” said Matt Canter, DSCC spokesman. “The extreme Republican plan that ends Medicare to pay for tax breaks for the rich and Big Oil companies is a non-starter. Instead of kowtowing to the Republican D.C. establishment and big oil executives, John Sanchez and Heather Wilson should finally stand up for Ohio seniors and abandon their party’s plan to end Medicare.”"

Really? I thought they were running in New Mexico!

Posted by: Michelle Meaders | Jun 15, 2011 12:43:50 AM