Campaign 2010

Oct 02, 2012

Brian Bilbray’s Extreme Positions Dangerous for California Seniors

Congressman Brian Bilbray’s (CA-52) Washington allies are working overtime to cover up his extreme – and dangerous – record on seniors that puts him out of step with San Diego families. Congressman Bilbray supports a risky plan to invest Social Security on the volatile stock market and he has been a loyal supporter of Paul Ryan’s budget that end Medicare raising seniors health care costs so his special interests contributors like Big Oil companies get to keep their large tax breaks.

“Nothing they can do can hide Congressman Brian Bilbray’s extreme record that put Social Security and Medicare at risk,” said Amber Moon of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, “Congressman Bilbray supports gambling away Californian’s Social Security retirements on Wall Street, and he voted to end Medicare and raise seniors’ health care costs to give more tax breaks to Big Oil companies and corporations that ship jobs overseas.”

Background:

Congressman Bilbray Supported Privatizing Social Security. In April 2006, Bilbray said he “supports Social Security reforms that include investments in the markets.” He continued “I do believe that any Social Security Reform will have to include methods of investment and personal ownership.” [North County Times, 4/1/06]

Congressman Bilbray Voted to Slash Medicare, Protect Tax Breaks for Big Oil and Millionaires, Encourage Companies to Ship Jobs Overseas. In 2012, Bilbray supported a budget that would end Medicare’s guaranteed benefit while protecting $40 billion in tax breaks for Big Oil. [H Con Res 112, Vote #151, 3/29/12; New York Times Editorial, 3/20/12; Center for American Progress, 3/20/12]

 

AARP: Congressman Bilbray’s Plan Would Increase Health Care Costs for Older Americans. AARP CEO Addison Barry Rand wrote to Members of Congress on House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan’s Fiscal Year 2013 budget resolution. In the letter, Rand wrote: “this proposal simply shifts these high and growing costs onto Medicare beneficiaries, and it then shifts even higher costs of increased uninsured care onto everyone else […] By creating a ‘premium support’ system for future Medicare beneficiaries, the proposal is likely to simply increase costs for beneficiaries while removing Medicare's promise of secure health coverage -- a guarantee that future seniors have contributed to through a lifetime of hard work.” [AARP Letter, 3/21/12]

 

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