« Civic Engagement Effort Fosters Values of Transparency, Accountability and Fairness | Main | Chavez Discusses Opposition to Citizens United, 'Elizabeth Warren Challenge' & Ethics Reforms »

Friday, March 23, 2012

Will Republican Janice Arnold-Jones Go On the Record on the GOP Budget Plan to Cut Medicare While Protecting Tax Cuts for Millionaires?

Yesterday, dozens of local seniors joined Democratic Pre-Primary Convention winner Eric Griego to deliver an open letter and thousands of petition signatures to the Republican front-runner, Janice Arnold-Jones.  The open letter asked Arnold-Jones if she supported the Republican budget plan to end Medicare as we know it by replacing it with a fixed amount voucher program while protecting tax cuts for millionaires.

While it was unclear if Arnold-Jones was at her campaign headquarters, a campaign staffer received the group to let them know that she was unavailable and would not discuss her position on the GOP budget.


“Does Janice Arnold-Jones support the Republican budget plan to cut Medicare’s guaranteed benefits while protecting tax cuts for millionaires?” asked Virginia Calderon, one of the local seniors visiting with Arnold-Jones.  “Protecting Medicare’s guaranteed benefits is especially important for seniors who are women, because women tend to live longer than men and rely more on the program.  We want to know if Janice supports seniors and women or millionaires.”

“Why won’t Janice Arnold-Jones or her campaign tell us if she agrees or disagrees with the Republican budget plan to end Medicare?” asked Paul Eichhorn, another local senior in the group.  “It’s an important question for seniors like me and others who will become a Medicare beneficiary.”

Eric Griego has said that he would never accept any cuts, privatization or undermining of Medicare, and called on Arnold-Jones to state her position clearly also.


To watch the delivery of the 5000+ petition letter signatures follow this link.

The following is the text of the open letter started by Griego that was delivered to Arnold-Jones today:

Dear Republican Candidates for Congress,

Our elderly have earned their Medicare benefits.  They have worked and paid taxes to support those who came before them, and it is their right to receive those guaranteed benefits in their retirement when they need it.

Unfortunately, the Republican Congress has released a budget proposal to end Medicare by replacing it with a fixed amount voucher program while protecting tax cuts for millionaires.  The Republican plan hurts seniors and especially women, who typically live longer than men and thus rely more on Medicare.

New Mexican voters deserve to know where each of the candidates for Congress stands on this important issue affecting seniors.  I am getting on the record to promise New Mexicans that I would never accept any cuts, privatization or undermining of Medicare, and that I oppose the Republican budget plan.

Will you also get on the record to state clearly whether you support the Republican plan to end Medicare as we know it while protecting tax cuts for millionaires?

Eric Griego
Democrat for Congress (NM-1)

March 23, 2012 at 10:51 AM in Candidates & Races, Eric Griego, Events, Medicaid, NM-01 Congressional Race 2012, Social Security | Permalink


Very good work! This is the way a Democrat should run. Dan Lewis said he supported the Ryan budget. Will Janice Arnold-Jones also support it?

Posted by: Dem on the Fence | Mar 23, 2012 2:06:12 PM

She will not go on record because the Republican Party in New Mexico is smart. She will say, we need preserver Medicare for people 50 and older because we made a deal and it must be honored. (This part of the message is designed to calm seniors because they vote)

We need to do something about skyrocketing healthcare costs or the US will go bankrupt. I will go Washington to find solutions that will decrease costs without putting people at risk. (This appeal to moderate voters)

We cannot elect candidates who are considered the Democrats version of the Tea Party. We will lose too many seats. Does anyone remember Christine O’Donnell and Sharron Angle?

This is an article from the Huffington Post about a recent election with a firebrand liberal.

"I think the fact that they were out of state, that a lot of Ilya's support came from out of state, had an impact," he said. "I also think the fact that they were simply saying things that were over the top and false had an impact in having a backlash against Ilya's campaign."

We need to nominate a candidate who can beet Jones and keep the seat for 20 years.

Posted by: Tony | Mar 23, 2012 3:20:43 PM

So you prefer then that we should elect Democrats who are more like Republicans?

Posted by: Dem on the Fence | Mar 23, 2012 3:23:49 PM

Also, to try to equate a Democrat holding the Republicans accountable for their horrible budget to the Tea Party is simply offensive. We should applaud Democrats who are running positive campaigns in the primary and going after the Republicans.

Posted by: Dem on the Fence | Mar 23, 2012 3:30:41 PM

Dem on the fence, holding republicans accountable means passing legislation. Can Eric pass legislation?

Posted by: Mary | Mar 24, 2012 7:47:04 AM

Mary, the ability to pass legislation in the political climate in Washington is a false and impractical criterion for which to vote for a candidate.
Vote for the candidate that holds the same ideals as your own as much as possible. Compromise these days means going to the dark side and I am sick and tired of seeing Democrats lie on their backs and show their belly. In case you haven't noticed, it is the Republicans that are obstructing the legislative process as it is their ideology to sabotage government.

Posted by: qofdisks | Mar 24, 2012 11:44:39 AM

what qofdisks said. Ditto.

Posted by: Michael H Schneider | Mar 24, 2012 5:37:02 PM

What qofdisks said. Ditto.

Posted by: Proud Democrat | Mar 24, 2012 9:13:42 PM

A registered democrat, 76 yo female -Yes I will for for arnold-Jones and anyone else who will support Paul Ryan;s budget. streamlining Medicare won't put me over a cliff -such a terrible lie!

Posted by: Mary Ann | Mar 25, 2012 10:01:14 AM

"streamlining Medicare won't put me over a cliff "

He is not streamlining it.

He is transmorgrifying it.

You won't be actually getting health insurance under his plan. Instead of being able to go to a hospital knowing that Medicare will pay the hospital, you'll get a voucher.

With this voucher you'll be expected to go out and shop among various health insurance plans. You'll compare coverages. You'll compare rates. You'll wonder what those exclusions mean, and whether those limits are important. You'll buy your own health insurance.

Then you'll discover the voucher won't cover the premium. So you'll pay more money out of your pocket. Recent studies indicate that for a person in your position, you'll pay an additional $7,000 from your pocket. To buy the coverage you now get from Medicare - that covers the fact tht private insurance companies are far less efficient than Medicare

They you'll get to fight with your insurance company when it denies claims or coverage, as insurance companies do.

It's a horrible plan.

Posted by: Michael H Schneider | Mar 25, 2012 12:46:57 PM

"you'll pay an additional $7,000 from your pocket."

That statement may be incorrect. I was relying on memory, and now I can't find any support.

I stand by the claim that the Ryan plan is terrible. For more information, see:

Posted by: Michael H Schneider | Mar 25, 2012 3:46:25 PM

Eric's political skill is legendary and will serve Democrats in Congress. Greigo has the uncanny ability to convince people who agree with him that he is wrong. He will piss off legislators on both sides of the aisle because pompous ass.

He could have convinced Ted Kennedy that single payer is bad for the country with one press conference. It is rare to find a person who can alienate a political ally with words that he spews from his mouth on the floor. Go Griego. Get into Congress and kill the progressive agenda. Rove is pulling fir you.

Posted by: Pundits Point | Mar 25, 2012 6:45:29 PM