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Tuesday, March 20, 2012

NM-1: Eric Griego Opposes GOP Budget Proposal to End Medicare

Griego logoFrom the Eric Griego for Congress Campaign.

Eric Griego Calls on Republicans Dan Lewis and Janice Arnold-Jones to choose between Medicare for seniors or tax cuts for millionaires.

On Monday, Democratic Pre-Primary Convention winner Eric Griego issued a challenge to his leading Republican opponents Dan Lewis and Janice Arnold-Jones to choose between protecting Medicare for seniors or keeping tax cuts for millionaires.  Griego also announced that he would personally deliver thousands of petition signatures to Lewis on Wednesday and to Arnold-Jones in the near future.

Griego’s challenge to the two Republican candidates is in anticipation of the soon-to-be-revealed GOP budget proposal by the Budget Committee Chairman Rep. Paul Ryan, who has vowed to save tax cuts for millionaires by ending Medicare and replacing it with a fixed amount voucher program.

“It’s unconscionable that the Republicans insist on forcing seniors to give up Medicare’s guaranteed benefits to keep paying for tax cuts for millionaires,” Griego said.  “From their push to privatize Social Security to their relentless attempts to end Medicare, the Republican war on seniors must be stopped.”

“That is why we must make it clear to Republican candidates that there will be a political price to pay for trying to end Medicare while coddling millionaires and HMOs,” Griego continued.  “I am proud to lead the fight to protect Medicare, and I applaud the other progressive congressional candidates in other races around the country for joining me this week to deliver these petitions to Republican opponents.”

Under the GOP plan to replace Medicare, if the voucher’s fixed amount is not enough to cover certain health problems, then the beneficiary must find another solution.  For most seniors living on fixed incomes, Griego says it would amount to Republicans telling seniors, “If you get sick, then you’re on your own.”

Griego has vowed to fight any attempts to cut, privatize or undermine Medicare and Social Security.

March 20, 2012 at 11:46 AM in Action Alerts, Candidates & Races, Eric Griego, NM-01 Congressional Race 2012, Senior Citizens, Social Security | Permalink

Comments

Well, now that Councilor Dan Lewis has withdrawn from the race ..... I suppose Griego will only have to deliver his challenge and petition signatures to Janice Arnold-Jones. Can I join him when he makes that delivery?

I want to hear whether Janice Arnold-Jones will respond and stand on the side of the 99%, or position herself with the privileged 1%.

Ending Medicare is outrageous and unacceptable. Seniors of all political stripes depend on Medicare ---- and the GOP budget proposal is a slap against us all.

Posted by: Lora Lucero | Mar 20, 2012 9:42:03 PM

Hi Lora - This is Audrey with Griego for Congress. We'd be so glad if you would join us and please tell your friends! We're meeting at the library at Tony Hillerman Library at 8205 Apache NE at 9:45 a.m.

Posted by: Audrey Edmonds | Mar 21, 2012 7:44:36 PM