July 30, 2019 Press, Press Release

ON ANNIVERSARY OF MEDICARE, COBB CAMPAIGN CALLS ON STEFANIK TO CLARIFY MEDICARE POSITION


Despite promising to “preserve and protect,” Congresswoman Stefanik has repeatedly  voted to dismantle program

Canton —On the 54th anniversary of Medicare, Tedra Cobb’s campaign is calling on Cong. Stefanik to explain how she plans to “preserve and protect” Medicare while simultaneously voting to decimate it. In her 2014 campaign, Elise Stefanik claimed she would “preserve and protect” the program while also raising the retirement age. When pressed for details, Stefanik famously walked off camera. Since then, Stefanik has voted for trillions in cuts, to raise the retirement age, and to turn Medicare into a voucher system, all the while taking money from those in the health care industry who would benefit most:

  • In 2015, Stefanik voted to turn Medicare into a voucher program. 
  • Also in 2017, Stefanik voted to cut Medicare by nearly $500 billion, raise the eligibility age to 67, and again voucherize it.
  • In 2018, she voted to cut Medicare by trillions of dollars, up to $239B per year.  
  • Stefanik has taken over $500,000 from the healthcare industry, much of this from corporations who would directly profit from her votes.

“While Congresswoman Stefanik has vowed to protect and preserve Medicare, her votes tell us everything we need to know,” said Tedra Cobb, Stefanik’s challenger in the 2020 Congressional race.  “I believe that we need to safeguard Medicare for future generations, and I will never support any cuts to Medicare, raising the retirement age or turning it into a voucher program. Unlike Elise Stefanik, I have spent 30 years fighting to increase access to healthcare in this district, and when drug prices were on the rise, I helped author legislation that provided a county wide prescription drug discount program. Our families deserve a representative in Washington who will keep our seniors safe and financially secure.”

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