Kay’s Blog: Letter to the Editor of the Times Union sent 8/15/12
To the Editor, Times Union
Congressman Chris Gibson has a half-page advertisement in today’s paper (August 16, 2012) in which he says. “Why are some in congress pushing to raise your premiums on Medicare Part D?…One plan would add Medicaid-style price controls to Medicare Part D.”
He ends by asking us to “Call [and] thank him for protecting Medicare and keeping Part D premiums low” by opposing HR2190. (emphasis mine)
His message seemed so dire I looked up HR2190 to see what was in it. I went to
www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/112/hr2190/text. Among the information I received, in
addition to the actual text, was an estimate of how likely it would come to passage. The answer was a 2% chance of ever being enacted. It won’t even emerge from the committee hearing. So
strange that Gibson is so alarmed by it. Or that he wants to alarm you. Why would he do that?
I think he just wants us to think he is “protecting Medicare” from the deficit hawks in his own party.
His tune has changed considerably since he found himself in a more progressive district than before.
However, his voting record belies his new touchy-feely concern for Medicare—or even yet Medicaid—recipients.
He has voted for the Ryan budget plan that would turn Medicare into a voucher system. He has tried to put space between himself and Ryan’s Plan recently, but he still believes the voucher system will work just fine because the “free market” forces will cause insurance costs to go down.
The Republican Party has been trying to eviscerate Medicare ever since it was set up—and now they see their chance. And if you think that Chris Gibson will “protect Medicare” for you, I’ve got a bridge I’d like to sell you.
By the way, the text of the bill begins with this :
To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to require drug manufacturers to provide drug rebates for drugs dispensed to low-income individuals under the Medicare prescription drug benefit program.
I invite you to read the whole bill and then call Gibson’s staff and have them tell you how it threatens Medicare Part D, if it ever gets out of committee. How this would cause your premiums to go up, I don’t know. I’m sure his staff can spin some story for you. Just don’t buy it.
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Kay Abraham 518-57-5404
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