July 30, 2020 Press, Press Release

STEFANIK CAN’T BE TRUSTED TO PROTECT SENIORS


STEFANIK CONTINUES TO TARGET PROGRAMS FOR SENIORS 

SUPPORTS TURNING MEDICARE INTO A VOUCHER PROGRAM

CANTON—On the 55th anniversary of Medicare, Tedra Cobb’s campaign is calling on Cong. Stefanik to finally explain her plan to “preserve and protect” Medicare while simultaneously voting to decimate it. In  2014 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.

“Elise Stefanik’s attacks on our seniors began before her time in Congress,” said Cobb. “She’s doubled down on those efforts during her tenure and has repeatedly voted in favor of her donors at the expense of our seniors. 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.”

 

STEFANIK’S DISASTROUS RECORD ON MEDICARE TEDRA’S RECORD OF FIGHTING FOR NORTH COUNTRY SENIORS
  • In 2012, she served as the chair for the Republican Platform Committee where she authored her party’s policy to turn Medicare into a voucher program. 
  • Started a community health agency that has provided preventative care and screenings to thousands of people in the North Country, mostly seniors.
  • In 2015, Stefanik voted to turn Medicare into a voucher program
  • Worked with Republicans and Democrats in the county legislature to lower the cost of RX drugs.
  • In 2017, Stefanik voted to cut Medicare by nearly $500 billion, raise the eligibility age to 67, and again to voucherize it.
  • Served on the Office Of The Aging advisory board where she helped seniors with home heating assistance.
  • In 2018, she voted to cut Medicare by hundreds of billions of dollars, up to $239B per year. 
  • Voted twice to increase funding for the Senior Community Service Employment Program.
  • In 2019 Stefanik voted against H.R. 3, a bill that would allow Medicare to negotiate prescription drug prices and cap out of pocket costs for seniors.
  • Voted to provide additional support for the Nutrition Program for the Elderly.
  • Stefanik has taken over $260,000 from the insurance and pharmaceutical industry, much of this from corporations that would directly profit from her votes.
  • Tedra is endorsed by The National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare (NCPSSM)

 

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