Jul 30, 2012
On Medicare Anniversary, How Far is Far Enough for Doheny?
On the 47th anniversary of Medicare, Matt Doheny (NY-21) continues to argue that the Republican budget that drastically cuts Medicare and forces to seniors to pay more for health care “doesn’t go far enough.” The question remains unanswered – how far is too far?
“Matt Doheny believes the Republican budget that drastically cuts Medicare and forces seniors to pay more for their health care doesn’t go far enough. That means Doheny wants even higher prescription drug costs for seniors, higher retirement ages, and a reopened prescription drug donut hole,” said Josh Schwerin, Northeast Regional Press Secretary at the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. “While Doheny continues to dodge specifics, just knowing that he wants to go further than the devastating cuts to Medicare in the Republican budget should tell seniors that Doheny would be the worst, worst, worst Congressman they could have.”
GOP Congressional candidate Doheny says Ryan budget bill passed by House today doesn’t go far enough. [North Country Now, 3/29/12]
Doheny does not consider health care to be an area where “government intervention in commerce” is acceptable. Doheny is “no go-it-alone purist on government intervention in commerce. He keeps it to four categories: Police, courts, military and infrastructure.” [Watertown Daily Times, 7/29/12]
Doheny on Social Security: “The worst, worst, worst investment you can ever make.” Matt Doheny said Social Security is unsustainable and needs to be cut to reduce the federal deficit. He has also called Social Security “the worst, worst, worst investment you can ever make.” [Adirondack Daily Enterprise, 4/09/10; Watertown Daily Times, 8/26/10]
Ryan’s plan eliminates the Affordable Care Act. “One can make the logical inference that the proposal plans to eliminate the entire [Affordable Care Act] by examining the budget comparisons between this proposal and the President’s and realizing this proposal saves close to $1.5 trillion over 10 years – the equivalent in cost to the Affordable Care Act.” [AARP Letter, 3/21/12]
… Forcing Medicare recipients to pay more for prescription drugs. “If this is the case, by repealing the Affordable Care Act, the budget proposal would re-open the gap in prescription drug coverage known as the ‘doughnut hole.’ As a result of the health reform law more than 5.1 million seniors and people with disabilities on Medicare have saved over $3.2 billion on prescription drugs. […] If this budget proposes to repeal the [Affordable Care Act] it would negate much needed savings for Medicare beneficiaries just as prescription drugs costs continue to rise.” [AARP Letter, 3/21/12]
Ryan’s plan would leave some 65- and 66-year-olds without health coverage. “The CBO analysis states that the Ryan plan would raise the age at which people become eligible for Medicare from 65 to 67, even as it repeals the health reform law’s coverage provisions. This means 65- and 66-year-olds would have neither Medicare nor access to health insurance exchanges in which they could buy coverage at an affordable price and receive subsidies to help them secure coverage if their incomes are low. This change would put many more 65- and 66-year-olds who don’t have employer coverage into the individual insurance market, where the premiums charged to people in this age group tend to be extremely high — thereby leaving many of them uninsured.” [Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, 3/20/12]