Apr 27, 2012
Congressman Coffman Goes All In on Ending Medicare
This week Congressman Mike Coffman doubled down on his support for ending Medicare and raising health care costs for seniors. When asked on KNUS who he thinks should be the Republican vice presidential candidate, Coffman said “Paul Ryan I think would make a great vice president” — the same Paul Ryan who wrote the unpopular plan to end Medicare.
“Congressman Mike Coffman is going all in on his irresponsible plan to make things harder for Colorado seniors,” said Stephen Carter of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. “By choosing to stand behind the architect of the plan to protect massive tax breaks for billionaires at the expense of ending Medicare and increasing costs for seniors, Congressman Coffman is proving he’s too extreme for Colorado voters.”
Voted to End Medicare. On April 15, 2011, Coffman voted for the Republican budget plan authored by Rep. Paul Ryan. According to the Wall Street Journal, Ryan’s plan “would essentially end Medicare.” [H Con. Res. 34, Vote #277, 4/15/11; Wall Street Journal, 4/4/11]
Doubled Down on Ending Medicare. On March 29, 2012, Coffman voted for the second time in favor of the House Republican budget to end Medicare. [H Con Res 112, Vote #151, 3/29/12]
Paul Ryan Gave Coffman’s Campaign $5,000. In 2011, Paul Ryan’s leadership political action committee, the Prosperity PAC, gave Coffman’s campaign committee a $5,000 contribution. [Center for Responsive Politics, 2012]
Offered His Support for Paul Ryan for Vice President. During an appearance on KNUS’ “Kelley and Company” radio show yesterday, Coffman said of his preference for his party’s vice presidential candidate, “I think on my side, Paul Ryan I think would make a great vice president.” [KNUS, 4/23/12]