Jason Jordan, in the Hornell Evening Tribune, in an article posted Oct. 14, 2014, writes about Tom Reed and Martha Robertson’s views on Medicare.
“For all the seniors across the Southern Tier, Finger Lakes, and Western New York, I am making a simple pledge: I will protect Medicare. I will fight efforts to cut benefits, raise the retirement age, or privatize this essential program. This is an earned benefit that today’s seniors have paid into their entire working lives, and is an absolutely critical program that allows older Americans and future retirees to retire with dignity.”
It seems that Robertson has stuck to her promise, continually calling the protection of Medicare and Social Security her “number one priority.”
Tom Reed’s position is given by his spokesperson, Katherine Pudwill.
“Tom Reed is fighting to protect the promise we have made to our seniors,” said Reed campaign spokesperson Katherine Pudwill.
What promise is that, one wonders?
“As someone who was raised on military death benefits and a Social Security check, Tom knows just how important these programs are,” Pudwill said.
Good, but so what? Which programs, military death benefits and SS? Wasn’t the subject Medicare?
She also pointed to Reed’s record, citing his co-sponsorship of the Older Americans Act which supports meals on wheels, support for rural hospitals in front of key committees, and authorship of the HOSPICE Act as examples of his protecting the interests of seniors.
Again good, but again off topic.
“Tom Reed is willing to do the work and find a solution while Robertson relies on the programs for campaign talking points without any plans of her own to solve the problem,” she continued.
Really, Ms. Pudwill? What solution; what problem?
While neither Jordan nor Pudwill say it, Reed’s views on SS and Medicare are well known: he says both are unsustainable unless benefits are cut for future retirees.
I am left with the conclusion that Tom Reed’s campaign is very reluctant to discuss his views on Medicare at least until after the election.
© William Hungerford – October 2014