Campaign 2010

Dec 09, 2013

Congressman Ryan Raising Cash For Dysfunctional, Medicare-Ending Partner Congressman Southerland

As America creeps closer to yet another potential government shutdown and budget crisis, Congressmen Steve Southerland and Paul Ryan are once again showing why their Republican Congress is one of the least productive in history,  hosting a fundraiser together in Panama City with only four days until Congress plans to recesses until the new year.

Ryan is the author of the Republican budget which AARP says “shifts costs onto seniors and future retirees. Removing the Medicare guarantee of affordable health coverage seniors have contributed to through a lifetime of hard work” while the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities found that under Ryan’s plan, people making more than $1 million per year would get an average tax cut of $245,000.

“Today’s fundraiser is the perfect reminder that Congressman Steve Southerland has voted in lockstep with his partner in dysfunction Congressman Paul Ryan to end the Medicare guarantee, raise the cost of health care and prescription drugs for seniors while wasting tax dollars on handouts to millionaires instead,” said David Bergstein of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.  “With another budget shutdown brewing and critical challenges like the Farm Bill still looming, Congressman Southerland has chosen once again to prioritize his irresponsible Washington politics over solving these pressing problems – in yet another example proving why Congressman Southerland represents everything North Floridians hate about Congress.”

BACKGROUND:

Tampa Bay Times: Under the Southerland-Ryan budget the “Rich Get Richer” and “Medicare and Medicaid are Particularly at Risk.” “House Republicans envision a country where Americans would be increasingly on their own to afford food and medical care even when they are elderly, disabled or poor. It also would be a nation with a tax code that tilts further toward benefiting corporations and the wealthy […] Floridians should be concerned about all these misplaced priorities, but Medicare and Medicaid are particularly at risk […] Congressional Republicans want to exacerbate the nation’s yawning income inequality while making life harder for those at the bottom.” [Tampa Bay Times, 3/30/12]

Congressman Southerland Voted for Ryan Budget Proposal that “Would Shred the Safety Net,” Forcing Seniors to Rely on Insurance Companies.  In 2013, Southerland voted for the House Republican budget. The Palm Beach Post wrote, “Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., is more a preacher than a policymaker. He’s not convincing as either […] Rep. Ryan’s stated goal of saving the safety net and protecting the most vulnerable is perverse because his budget would shred the safety net and imposes new suffering on the most vulnerable. For health care, he would relegate the poor who receive Medicaid to the tender mercies of state legislatures […] and the elderly on Medicare to the charitable impulses of insurance companies.” [HCR 25, Vote #88, 3/21/13; Palm Beach Post, 3/14/13]

Congressman Southerland Voted for Ryan Budget Proposal that Would Turn Medicare into a Voucher Program, End Help for Seniors in Prescription Drug Doughnut Hole.” In 2012, Southerland voted for the House Republic budget. The Tampa Bay Times wrote, “House Republicans would end the help seniors receive toward closing the prescription drug doughnut hole. Their plan would eventually raise Medicare's eligibility age from 65 to 67. It would transform the safety net into a premium-support voucher program that provides government subsidies to private insurers, though beneficiaries could keep the current fee-for-service option.”  [HCR 112, Vote #151, 3/29/12; Tampa Bay Times, 3/31/12]

Congressman Southerland Voted for Ryan Budget Proposal that Would Give Millionaires a $245,000 Tax Break while Raising Taxes on the Middle Class. In 2013, Southerland voted for the Republican budget proposal. According to an analysis of the Ryan Budget conducted by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, “If policymakers enacted the same extremely ambitious reductions in tax expenditures for filers with incomes above $200,000 that TPC assumed when it analyzed Romney’s tax plan, filers with incomes of $1 million or more would lose tax breaks totaling about $90,000 on average — still leaving them with an average net tax cut of about $245,000…to fully finance the tax cuts for people with incomes over $200,000, filers with children and incomes under $200,000 would see their taxes go up by more than $3,000 on average, even with the ambitious reductions in tax expenditures for high-income households that TPC examined.” [HCR 25, Vote #88, 3/21/13; Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, 3/17/13]