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October 2, 2012

Letter: Tierney's Medicare falsehoods

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Any Republican plans to change Medicare are to preserve it for the future. Mr. Tierney knows full well that any proposals from Republicans for vouchers or privatizing are strictly voluntary. Seniors 55 and older will not be affected by these proposals. There’s only one presidential candidate in 2012 who has cut Medicare: Barack Obama, whose Obamacare cuts Medicare by $716 billion from 2013 to 2022.

There is a substantial difference between the Romney/Ryan approach — which attempts to reform Medicare in order to preserve the program’s own solvency for future beneficiaries — and the Obamacare approach, which draws $716 billion out of Medicare in order to fund a large expansion of government-subsidized health insurance.

A Romney-Ryan Administration will restore the funding to Medicare, ensure that no changes are made to the program for those 55 or older, and implement the reforms that they have proposed to strengthen it for future generations.

So, I say to Mr. Tierney: Stop trying to scare seniors with your malicious falsehoods. You voted for Obamacare without reading it, and you are stuck with that decision. You have also told seniors that no matter what, they would be able to keep their present insurance plans. You have not told the truth, Mr. Tierney. I am a senior who has already lost my Medicare Advantage plan and had to go looking for another.

Time to move on and elect someone who will be responsive to his constituents. This district needs real representation and a real change. I believe Richard Tisei will do a better job in Congress.

Gail Burke

Beverly

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