Campaign 2010

Mar 22, 2012

Will Joe Coors Endorse Paul Ryan’s Budget After Meeting With Him?

If you’re looking for congressional candidate Joe Coors (CO-07) this week, you can find him in Washington meeting with House Republican leaders including Republican Budget Chairman Paul Ryan who released his new budget on Tuesday.  The plan would double down on last year’s House Republican Budget which ends Medicare while giving tax breaks to Big Oil, companies that ship American jobs overseas, and millionaires – like Joe Coors himself.

 

Now that Joe Coors travelled all the way to Washington to meet with Paul Ryan, will Coors stop hiding and tell voters that he supports the Budget Chairman’s controversial plan? 

 

“Everyone agrees we must cut spending but while he’s visiting them, Joe Coors’ party bosses in Washington are trying to do it on the backs of seniors and middle class families while giving massive tax cuts to Big Oil, companies shipping American jobs overseas, and millionaires – like Joe Coors himself,” said Stephen Carter of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.  “After travelling to Washington to meet with Republican leaders who are trying to end Medicare, it’s time for Joe Coors to stop hiding and tell voters where he stands on this budget that would make seniors pay more for their health care.”

 

Background

 

Joe Coors attended NRCC ‘Candidate School’ this week and met with Representative Paul Ryan. This week, Joe Coors was one of 15 Republican House candidates to attend the NRCC’s ‘Candidate School.’ The several day program included speeches and presentations by Republican House leaders including Pete Sessions, John Boehner, and Paul Ryan. [National Journal, 3/21/12]

 

Heritage: Ryan Plan is “The Standard” for Republicans in 2012. In March 2012, a fiscal policy expert with the conservative Heritage Foundation, J.D. Foster, said the fiscal year 2013 version of Rep. Paul Ryan’s budget plan would be “the standard” for Republican candidates in the upcoming elections. “This isn’t just matter of the House battling with the Senate or arm-wrestling with the president,” Foster said. “For better or for worse, what they produce is going to be the standard for conservatives and Republicans going into this election season.” [New York Times, 3/20/12]

 

Ryan Budget Proposes a “Voucherlike” Program. “To deal with the influx of retiring Baby Boomers, the GOP budget reprises a controversial approach to overhauling Medicare that would switch the program — for those under 55 today — from a traditional "fee for service" framework in which the government pays doctor and hospital bills to a voucherlike "premium support" approach in which the government subsidizes purchases of health insurance.” [Associated Press, 3/20/12]

 

NCPSSM: Ryan’s Plan Ends Medicare’s Defined Benefit. According to the National Committee to Preserve Social Security & Medicare, the Ryan plan “would convert Medicare from a defined benefit plan to a premium support — essentially a voucher — system […] The Wyden-Ryan voucher plan offers only a slight twist on the failed approach to privatize Medicare that was originally offered by Representative Ryan and rejected by the majority of Americans.” [National Committee to Preserve Social Security & Medicare, accessed 3/19/12]

 

CBO: Ryan policies would cut Medicare Benefits and Seniors Could Face Higher Costs. “Medicare benefits would likely shrink under Rep. Paul Ryan’s (R-Wis.) latest proposal, the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office said Tuesday […] Ryan’s Medicare plan would convert some of the program’s funding into subsidies for private insurance […] CBO said it’s possible that seniors would face higher costs under the Ryan plan, and said other possible side effects include ‘reduced access to health care; diminished quality of care; increased efficiency of health care delivery; less investment in new, high-cost technologies; or some combination of those outcomes.’” [The Hill, 3/20/12]

 

70 Percent of Americans Want to Keep Medicare As it Is. “In Kaiser’s February tracking survey, 70 percent of Americans say ‘Medicare should continue as it is today, with the government guaranteeing seniors health insurance and making sure that everyone gets the same defined set of benefits,’ while 25 percent say ‘Medicare should be changed to a system in which the government would guarantee each senior a fixed amount of money to put toward health insurance. Seniors would purchase that coverage either from traditional Medicare or from a list of private health plans.’” [Kaiser Family Foundation, 2/12]

 

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