Campaign 2010

Oct 05, 2011

Did Rob Cornilles Pledge His Support to End Medicare?

As Oregon tea party candidate Rob Cornilles comes to Washington, DC this week, he still needs to answer a question for Oregon voters – does he support the controversial House Republican budget plan to end Medicare? Today, Cornilles is attending an event at the National Republican Congressional Committee, whose leader supports Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan’s plan that would end Medicare as we know it. Oregon seniors and families deserve to know if Cornilles supports Ryan’s radical plan to end Medicare while protecting taxpayer subsidies for millionaires and Big Oil companies.

“When Rob Cornilles was meeting at the Republican campaign headquarters, did he pledge his support to House Republican leaders for their radical agenda that would end Medicare while protecting tax breaks for millionaires and Big Oil?” said Amber Moon, Western Regional Press Secretary at the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. “Rob Cornilles needs to make it clear to Oregonians whether he is going to fight for middle class families and focus on job creation or be a tea party foot soldier in the dangerous, Republican plan to end Medicare.”

Background:

Cornilles to Meet at National Republican Congressional Committee with Business Coalition for Fair Competition. On October 5, 2011, Cornilles will meet at the National Republican Congressional Committee with The Business Coalition for Fair Competition for a roundtable. [Business Coalition for Fair Competition, accessed 10/3/11]

Republican Ryan Budget Ends Medicare As We Know It. “The plan would essentially end Medicare, which now pays most of the health-care bills for 48 million elderly and disabled Americans, as a program that directly pays those bills.” [Wall Street Journal, 4/4/11]

Republican Budget Would Deny 620,000 Individuals Access to Medicare’s Guaranteed Benefits. According to the House Energy and Commerce Committee, the House Republican budget would deny 620,000 individuals in Oregon’s First Congressional District age 54 and younger access to Medicare’s guaranteed benefit. It would increase health costs for 128,000 individuals in the district by over $6,000 per year in 2022, forcing those between the ages of 44 and 54 to save an average of $182,000 to $287,000 per person to pay for the increased cost of health coverage over their lifetimes. [House Energy and Commerce Committee, 6/11]

Cornilles Called Himself “The Original Tea Party Candidate.” In 2010, Cornilles called himself “the original Tea Party candidate” because he had been running the longest of any candidate running in Oregon and epitomized Tea Party values. [Executive Club forum, 5/5/10

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