Southern Arizona Seniors Trust McSally to Protect Social Security, Medicare

TUCSON – Retired Air Force Colonel Martha McSally over the weekend released a new ad, “Committed,” featuring the endorsements of Southern Arizona seniors who trust McSally to fight for their retirement benefits. McSally has shown a commitment to protecting Social Security and Medicare for current seniors and preserving them for her generation and the next, even opposing her own party’s budget proposal because it does not protect promises made to seniors.

“Seniors know that in this race, there’s only one candidate who’s shown an unwavering commitment to protecting their benefits, and that’s Martha,” said McSally Campaign Spokesman Patrick Ptak. “Unlike Ron Barber, who has repeatedly voted to rob Medicare to pay for Obamacare and even praised cuts to Medicare, Martha will stand up for the voices of Southern Arizona seniors. She believes promises made should be promises kept, and that’s why seniors from both parties are getting behind her.”

McSally’s new ad features Democrats and Republicans supporting her as the best candidate to defend seniors’ retirement benefits. In July, McSally wrote an op-ed on the need to come together to find bipartisan solutions that will protect retirement benefits and preserve them for the next generation. Ron Barber, on the other hand, has repeatedly voted to cut Medicare and lauded cuts to Medicare in a 2012 debate, calling them “over-payments.”

Background:

  • Barber voted against repealing cuts to Medicare contained in Obamacare (Roll Call #460,7/11/2012, Roll Call #154, 5/16/2013).

Transcript

(Vern Harms, Retiree, Green Valley) “Martha can be trusted because she will protect our Social Security and Medicare.”

(Dr. Lud Reppisch, M.D. Retiree) “I know that Martha will protect Medicare.”

(Martha) “I am committed to preserving and protecting Social Security and Medicare for our seniors.”

(Dr. M.K. Klein, Small Business Owner) “I have been a registered Democrat my whole life, and I’m supporting Martha McSally.”

(Helen Anderson Glass, WWII Navy Veteran) “I supported Gabrielle Giffords and now I support Martha McSally because I vote for the person, not the party.”

(Martha) “I’m Martha McSally and I approve this message.”

VOTER GUIDE: Democrat Kyrsten Sinema on Taxes, in Her Own Words [ @KyrstenSinema ]

Democrat congressional candidate and criminal defense lawyer Kyrsten Sinema served for six years in the State House under Republican control, and one year in the State Senate under Republican control. She complained throughout those years that Arizona families were undertaxed. She even called Arizona “our tax-starved state.” Fortunately, Republicans would not let tax increase bills be voted on during her years in office, denying her a chance to raise your taxes. (Now, like a guy who kills his parents then pleads for mercy as an orphan, Sinema boasts she did not vote for tax increases, after complaining for years that the GOP would not act on her tax increase demands!) She must think Arizona voters are stupid … or perhaps leeches. Let’s look at her own words.

Here is Sinema’s state tax increase plan as provided to the Arizona Republic. Note that each one of her ideas would devastate entire sectors of the state’s economy:

[R]aising taxes is more economically sound than cutting vital social services …. In Arizona, there are a number of techniques that we could use …. Broadening the sales tax to include services, closing exemptions on sales tax items, reinstating the state property tax, and eliminating tax credits are just some of the strategies to create a more broad revenue stream to fund Arizona’s important programs. I do not support irresponsible pledges to “not raise taxes” … our tax-starved state relies on.

We are a starved budget in a recession…. As mentioned above, I advocate broadening the sales tax to include taxing personal and business services, such as telemarketing, auto repair, and hair and manicure services. This alone would generate roughly $565 million to the state budget per year. I support restoring the sales tax to items currently exempted, such as health club memberships. By restoring the sales tax by closing these exemptions, the state’s revenue would increase about $1.4 billion per year. I support expanding the sales tax to include Internet sales…. I advocate eliminating tax credits such as the education tax credit … and the enterprise zone tax credit.

Wow: by her own calculations, in a failing economy, she is demanding $2 BILLION annually in new state taxes, and that’s not even counting her plan to reinstate the state property tax. She is virtually alone in America in calling for tax increases during a recession.

Separately, she promised to “greatly increase” capital gains taxes on families and “greatly increase” corporate taxes. [“Kyrsten Sinema – Political Positions,” Project Vote Smart 2006.] America already has the highest corporate taxes in the world, which helps drive jobs overseas. Even Barack Obama said he is open to reducing the corporate tax rate. What’s more, guess what happens when corporate taxes are increased? Companies raise their prices. So this is a hidden way for liberal Democrats to stick it to the middle class to fund their pet projects: raise taxes on businesses, and the higher retail prices that result are seldom linked back to the politicians who caused it.

But there’s more! Sinema wrote a bill to create a new, 25-CENT TAX on EVERY plastic bag you use at a supermarket, convenience store, fast food restaurant and other retail establishment – even including dry cleaner bags. She’d also nail you with a 15 cent tax for every paper bag. That’ll teach those work at home moms she calls leeches!

She also opposed a 2008 Arizona ballot initiative to ban all real property sales or transfer taxes, and another one to make it harder to raise taxes or increase government spending by requiring initiatives to pass by a majority of all registered voters. She called them “stinkers” and organized a group to oppose them. [“Unite and Conquer: How to build coalitions that win—and last,” by Kyrsten Sinema (2009), p. 67.]

What about federal taxes?

In June of this year, Sinema said we should let all the Bush-Obama tax relief expire this coming January, which would be a $5.4 TRILLION tax increase over 10 years. Even her Democratic primary opponents were flabbergasted by this job-killing promise. Fellow Democrat Andrei Cherny wrote:

“this is not the time to be raising taxes on the middle class. Just recently, one of my opponents, Kyrsten Sinema, vowed to repeal the Bush tax cuts in total …. This speaks to her values and approach and I think it is the wrong way to deal with a middle class that is getting battered.”

The Sinema tax increase would nail every middle class taxpayer in America and drive our teetering economy off a cliff. US economic growth in 2012 under President Obama is less than 2% (by contrast, growth in China is around 8%). Her tax increase would send us back into recession.

Finally, consider all her massive promises of more and bigger government programs: where will she get the funding for all of them? As a member of Obama’s health care taskforce, she already helped craft his healthcare takeover bill, Obamacare, which includes a $716 BILLION cut to Medicare over the next 10 years. She can’t pay for all her promises by raiding Medicare — she’ll need to jack up taxes, including on working families and job-creators. That’s bad news for all of us.

Kyrsten Sinema has been quite candid about her plans to raise your taxes. Will you let her? The clear choice for Arizona is Vernon Parker.

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Richard Carmona’s Status Quo Approach to Medicare Guarantees its Bankruptcy

Jeff Flake

Richard Carmona’s new ad ignores that he supports a massive $716 billion cut to Medicare 

PHOENIX – Democratic Senate candidate Richard Carmona’s new ad says that he’ll protect Medicare. However, he supports President Obama’s expensive health care law, which harms Medicare by cutting $716 billion to pay for it.

Moreover, Richard Carmona doesn’t have a plan to deal with the long-term solvency of the Medicare program. Neither do his fellow Democrats in Washington. If nothing is done, Medicare will go bankrupt.

Offering Arizona voters nothing but bromides and support for the President’s expensive health care law, Richard Carmona is the last person seniors can trust to protect Medicare,” said Andrew Wilder, communications director for Flake for Senate.  “Arizonans expect leadership on the tough issues facing our country. Richard Carmona is unwilling, while Jeff Flake has a proven record of it.”

Jeff Flake supports a plan that will protect current Medicare benefits for people 55 and older, and makes commonsense reforms to strengthen and preserve the program for future generations. Richard Carmona opposes such aplan, preferring to do nothing.

BACKGROUND… 

According To The Nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office, Obamacare Cuts $716 Billion From Medicare. (Congressional Budget Office,Letter To Speaker John Boehner, 7/24/12) 

President Obama’s Senior Campaign Aide Has Bragged That President Obama “Achieved” $700 Billion In “Cuts In Medicare.”CUTTER: “Well, you know ask the wealthy to pay a little bit more. Cut waste from the government. Reform Medicare. More than $300 billion in savings from Medicare. On top of the savings we’ve already achieved. You know I heard Mitt Romney deride the $700 billion cuts in Medicare that the president achieved through health care reform.” (CBS’s “Face The Nation,” 8/12/12)

 

Over The Next 10 Years, ObamaCare Will Cut $11.8 Billion From Medicare Plans That Arizona Seniors Rely On For Their Health Care Needs. (Robert A. Book and Michael Ramlet, “What Is The Regional Impact Of The Medicare Fee-For-Service And Medicare Advantage Payment Reductions,”University Of Minnesota’s Carlson School Of Management, 9/12)

Stay up to date on Richard Carmona’s campaign to be a rubberstamp for Democrats’ liberal agenda in Washington by visitingwww.RubberstampRich.com.

For more information on Jeff Flake and why he’s running for the U.S. Senate, please visit his website at www.JeffFlake.com.

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Jonathan Paton pledges to protect Medicare in Telephone Town Hall

Connects directly with voters of Arizona’s First Congressional District 

Jonathan Paton held a Telephone Town Hall with hundreds of voters in Arizona’s First Congressional District Thursday night to discuss his pledge to protect and preserve Medicare.

In the hour-long town hall, Paton took questions directly from voters. In addition to discussing his plans to protect Medicare by repealing ObamaCare, Paton also talked about his military service in Iraq, his plans to secure the border and how best to curtail out-of-control spending in Washington, D.C.

“Washington politicians haven’t been telling us the truth,” Paton said. “They stole more than $700 billion from Medicare to pay for ObamaCare, and spending is at record levels. I will continue to travel Arizona and talk to seniors and families about getting our country back on track.”

Background:

  • Ann Kirkpatrick voted to cut more than $700 billion from Medicare to pay for ObamaCare. (link)
  • Latest Congressional Budget Office report shows the total in cuts increased by 50 percent. (link)
  • By voting for ObamaCare, Kirkpatrick empowered a board of 15 unelected bureaucrats to cut care to seniors. (link)
  • President ObamaCare and his campaign have admitted to these cuts, and even bragged about them. (link)
  • Jonathan Paton has pledged to repeal ObamaCare and protect and preserve Medicare. (link)
  • Kirkpatrick opposes the repeal of ObamaCare. (link)

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Carmona Steps Up Praise for ObamaCare, Gutting of Medicare

Carmona Wants to End Debate, Ignore Cost to Taxpayers, and Just Do it Obama’s Way

PHOENIX – Richard Carmona, a Tucson Democrat recruited last year to run for the U.S. Senate by President Barack Obama, yesterday reiterated his strong support for ObamaCare and said he was “disgusted” by those still debating the fairness of this new program and the harm it would cause to seniors. ObamaCare, also called the Affordable Care Act, is expected to drain more than $700 billion from Medicare to pay for much of Obama’s program. Republicans in the U.S. House have repeatedly voted to repeal ObamaCare, but the Democrats who narrowly control the Senate will not allow a vote to take place.

“President Obama recruited Richard Carmona to run for the Senate because ObamaCare is just one of the items on their liberal agenda they need to keep Republicans from having input on,” said Arizona Republican Party spokesman Tim Sifert. “Obama doesn’t want his Democrats to lose control of the Senate, so he’s stepped heavily into Arizona politics trying to shore up liberal candidates like Richard Carmona who are pledged to support him.”

BACKGROUND …

Carmona “disgusted” by Debate

“…said the public should be as “disgusted” as he is at how politicized the debate has become.” (Bruce Christian, “Senate Candidate” Echo Magazine, August 2012)

But Without Debate and Action Medicare is Going Bankrupt

Changes Made To Medicare Under ObamaCare Are “Not Viable In The Long Range”

“Further, while the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, as amended, makes important changes to the Medicare program and substantially improves its financial outlook, there is a strong likelihood that certain of these changes will not be viable in the long range.” (2010 Annual Report Of The Boards Of Trustees Of The Federal Hospital Insurance And Federal Supplementary Medical Insurance Trust Funds)

Medicare Trustees: Trust Fund To Be Exhausted In 2024

The Annual Report From The Medicare Trustees Reports That The Medicare Trust Fund Will Go Bankrupt Five Years Earlier Than Previously Predicted: “However, the HI trust fund is now estimated to be exhausted in 2024, 5 years earlier than was shown in last year’s report, and the fund is not adequately financed over the next 10 years. HI taxable earnings in 2010 were lower than previously estimated, and the rate of growth in these earnings is projected to accelerate and to exceed last year’s growth assumptions in 2011-2019. HI expenditures in 2010 were close to the previous estimate, but the projected level grows more rapidly than shown in last year’s report because of the projected faster growth in earnings. HI expenditures have exceeded income annually since 2008 and are projected to continue doing so through the short-range period until the fund becomes exhausted in 2024. In 2010, $32.3 billion in trust fund assets were redeemed to cover the shortfall of income relative to expenditures.” (2011 Annual Report Of The Boards Of Trustees Of The Federal Hospital Insurance And Federal Supplementary Medical Insurance Trust Funds)

Carmona Wants His Way Regardless of Cost

“I don’t care what we call it or how we get there, as long as we can come up with a something that ensures that everyone has access to healthcare; that’s the humane thing to do.” (Bruce Christian, “Senate Candidate” Echo MagazineAugust 2012)

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Medicare Going Broke: Carmona’s Support of Obama Agenda Bad for Arizona Seniors

PHOENIX – Just as Democrat Richard Carmona answered the call from President Obama who asked him to run for the U.S. Senate, Carmona is backing ObamaCare which is funded by taking more than $700 billion out of Medicare. Recent reports show Obama’s fiscal mismanagement and failure to plan will cause Medicare to run out of money by 2024.

“President Obama said Medicare ‘is a big nightmare’ and based on his lack of a plan and failure of leadership, we’re never going to wake up from it,” said Arizona Republican Party spokesman Tim Sifert. “Obama actually raided more than $700 billion from Medicare to fund ObamaCare, and he’s out recruiting more Democrats like Richard Carmona to make sure it stays that way.”

The Republican National Committee today released an online timeline to count down the days until 2024 when Medicare will be bankrupt.

BACKGROUND …

Changes Made To Medicare Under ObamaCare Are “Not Viable In The Long Range”

“Further, while the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, as amended, makes important changes to the Medicare program and substantially improves its financial outlook, there is a strong likelihood that certain of these changes will not be viable in the long range.” (2010 Annual Report Of The Boards Of Trustees Of The Federal Hospital Insurance And Federal Supplementary Medical Insurance Trust Funds)

Medicare Trustees: Trust Fund To Be Exhausted In 2024

The Annual Report From The Medicare Trustees Reports That The Medicare Trust Fund Will Go Bankrupt Five Years Earlier Than Previously Predicted: “However, the HI trust fund is now estimated to be exhausted in 2024, 5 years earlier than was shown in last year’s report, and the fund is not adequately financed over the next 10 years. HI taxable earnings in 2010 were lower than previously estimated, and the rate of growth in these earnings is projected to accelerate and to exceed last year’s growth assumptions in 2011-2019. HI expenditures in 2010 were close to the previous estimate, but the projected level grows more rapidly than shown in last year’s report because of the projected faster growth in earnings. HI expenditures have exceeded income annually since 2008 and are projected to continue doing so through the short-range period until the fund becomes exhausted in 2024. In 2010, $32.3 billion in trust fund assets were redeemed to cover the shortfall of income relative to expenditures.” (2011 Annual Report Of The Boards Of Trustees Of The Federal Hospital Insurance And Federal Supplementary Medical Insurance Trust Funds)

Obama on Medicare: “A Big Nightmare”

During An Interview With ABC’s Charlie Gibson, Obama Said “Medicare Is A Whole Different Problem. I Mean, That Is A Big Nightmare” (Interview with Charles Gibson of ABC News, October 8, 2008)

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Ron Barber Slashed Medicare to Pay for ObamaCare

Even After Historic Electoral Losses, Arizona Dem Continues to Prioritize Government Healthcare Takeover Over Preserving Medicare

WASHINGTON — Obama’s deputy campaign manager recently boasted that his party did in fact cut over $700 billion to Medicare in order to fund their government healthcare takeover. How can Ron Barber proudly campaign in Arizona while ObamaCare threatens seniors’ access to their hard-earned healthcare coverage and puts 15 unelected bureaucrats in charge of their healthcare decisions?

“Ron Barber ensured the devastating impact of his massive government takeover of healthcare by voting to keep $741 billion in cuts to seniors’ Medicare,” said NRCC Communications Director Paul Lindsay. “Just like when House Democrats lost their majority in 2010, this November will be another referendum on Democrats like Ron Barber who have chosen to run with ObamaCare.”

The latest CBO estimate for ObamaCare’s Medicare cuts are $741 billion – $240 billion more than they first estimated. (“Estimates for the Insurance Coverage Provisions of the Affordable Care Act Updated for the Recent Supreme Court Decision,” Congressional Budget Office, July 2012)

Obama’s party touts devastating cuts to Medicare in order to pay for their healthcare takeover:

“‘On top of the savings we’ve already achieved. You know I heard Mitt Romney deride the $700 billion cuts in Medicare that the president achieved through health care reform,’ said [Obama’s deputy campaign director Stephanie] Cutter.” (Daniel Halper, “Obama Campaign Defends President’s $700 Billion Cuts to Medicare,” The Weekly Standard, 8/12/2012)

A Responsible Doctor Confirms: Obamacare Won’t Work — It’s Just Too Complicated

A few days ago, I posted an article titled “Obamacare’s Fatal Flaws: Complexity and Central Control.”  I argued that the whole Obamacare system was too complex to deliver on its promises, especially when operated by political appointees from a Washington-based central control bureaucracy.

I know virtually nothing about the practice of medicine.  I based my argument on four decades in the engineering business, where complex systems designed from scratch never work, especially when they are pressed into service under full load, with high expectations, much too soon.

And now from the US House of Representatives Oversight Committee comes the testimony of Richard A. Armstrong, MD, Chief Operating Officer of Docs4PatientCare.  His clear and compelling testimony, at this link, is worth reading in its entirety, but the key paragraphs for this brief post are (my emphasis added):

Although the ACA attempts to address many of the perceived problems with our health care system, it ignores the fact that enormously complex systems cannot be successfully centrally designed or controlled. We have been attempting that with Medicare and Medicaid for almost five decades. Any honest and objective appraisal would conclude that we are failing with those programs. The ACA will fail as well, for the same reasons.

[Some ACA supporters have claimed] that the ACA will remove the burdens of bureaucracy and overhead that currently plague our nation’s practicing physicians. How can we possibly take this seriously? It creates an estimated 159 new agencies, boards and committees governing in detail how physicians are to care for their patients and run their practices. In a time of decreasing reimbursement and the lack of an alternative for the Sustainable Growth Rate formula in Medicare, these claims of bureaucratic simplification ring hollow with experienced physicians.

Shifting to electronic medical records has been touted as a means to improve patient care. Even though the HITECH portion of the Stimulus Bill provides financial support for the adoption of electronic medical records and the ACA provides incentives for those who meet federally defined meaningful use, only a minority of physician practices have adopted EMR systems. A majority of those who have attempted have been met with major frustrations and financial burdens. This is because the existing systems are not designed to enhance patient care. They are business systems designed for medical coding and billing. They are cumbersome in design, difficult to use and detract from the already limited time most physicians have to spend with patients.

Quite apart from all the politics, the fatal flaw of the Affordable Care Act (ACA, Obamacare) is that it simply won’t work.  How many people will suffer and how many lives will be lost as Washington feeds our life savings into this bottomless sink hole, this mother of all white elephants?

Picture yourself pleading for a loved-one’s life with an uncaring bureaucracy of blame-shifters and formerly fine doctors who must now slavishly follow rules issued from Washington.  From those bureaucrats and hapless doctors, you can almost hear the responses now:

The voice mailbox for this department is full.  Please call back later.

I don’t make these rules, ma’am — I just follow them.

You’ll have to get in line like everyone else.  We’ll call you back when it’s your turn.

If I made an exception for you, I’d have to do it for everyone.  It’s illegal.  I could lose my job.

I’m sorry, I can’t help you … I could lose my license to practice medicine

I’m sorry, the doctor is not accepting new patients.

You’re yelling at the wrong person … try yelling at your Congressman!

In the meantime, you can be sure that Washington politicians will enjoy first-rate medical care with no waiting.

In the engineering business, when a system can no longer be patched or tuned, it has to be scrapped.  That’s where we are now with the whole gang in Washington that brought us to the edge of this national health care nightmare.

The Supreme Court has abdicated, and now there’s only We-the-People who can change things this November.  Surely America’s voters can be forgiven for being fooled once.  But to be blunt about it —

Anyone who votes again for Barack Obama or for any politician who has supported Obamacare should understand one thing:  the pending national disaster in healthcare is on YOU !

Representative Schweikert on Medicare Report

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 13, 2011
CONTACT: Rachel Semmel

“We knew these numbers were going to be bad, but this report is sobering”

Washington, D.C. – Rep. David Schweikert (R-AZ) issued the following statement after the annual Medicare trustees report was released this afternoon:

“I recall sitting in my entry level college statistics class almost 30 years ago, calculating the need to begin saving for the baby boomers immediately. Washington did not do its job then, now today’s Medicare trustees report tells us what we have known for awhile—Medicare needs fundamental reform and soon.

“This report confirms that Medicare will become insolvent by 2024, a much more sobering number that previously thought. It goes on to say that even the IOUs will be exhausted by then and ‘without major changes in health care delivery systems, the prices paid by Medicare for health services are very likely to fall increasingly short of the costs of providing these services.’

“It is clear from reading this report that a key trigger to this sooner-than-expected insolvency date is due to the failed economic policies of the Obama Administration and its government take-over of healthcare.

“It cannot be more obvious that something needs to be done now and done quickly. We knew these numbers were going to be bad, but this report is sobering. However, House Republicans are continuing to push for entitlement reforms that will fundamentally improve these programs and create sustainability through common sense modernization.”

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