January 23, 2020 Uncategorized



Canton —This week President Trump announced he is willing to cut earned-benefit programs like Medicare, taking the lead from Elise Stefanik who has repeatedly supported cutting the program by hundreds of billions. In her 2014 campaign, Elise Stefanik claimed she would “protect and preserve” the program. When pressed for details, Stefanik famously walked off camera.

Since then, Stefanik has voted for hundreds of billions 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.

Stefanik on Medicare:

  • 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. 
  • In 2015, Stefanik voted to turn Medicare into a voucher program. 
  • In 2017, Stefanik voted to cut Medicare by nearly $500 billion, raise the eligibility age to 67, and again to voucherize it.
  • In 2018, she voted to cut Medicare by hundreds of billions of dollars, up to $239B per year.  
  • Stefanik has taken nearly $200,000 from the insurance and pharmaceutical industry, much of this from corporations who would directly profit from her votes.

“Elise Stefanik is more interested in protecting the bottom line of the corporations that fund her campaigns than she is in fighting to protect Medicare,” said Cobb. “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 protect our seniors and keep them financially secure.”


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