CARVIN TO LOWEY: "BRING ON THE MEDISCARE TACTICS"
"Westchester and Rockland Voters Are Too Smart to Buy It"
Westchester-Rockland--Aug. 15...Rye Town Supervisor and congressional candidate Joe Carvin (R-NY-17) -- who has cut the size of Rye Town government 25% and lowered taxes every year he has served in office -- today said he welcomes the "Mediscare" attacks 24-year-incumbent Nita Lowey (D-WFP) has begun to inject in their race for Congress.
Ms. Lowey and other entrenched Washington politicians are using Congressman and vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan's plan to save Medicare as a scare tactic to frighten seniors into keeping them office -- for yet another term. Ms. Lowey, at the same time, is conveniently omitting that she helped siphon $740 billion from Medicare, further weakening the program, to pay for the deeply unpopular and fundamentally unaffordable Obamacare program.
"Bring on the Mediscare tactics," Mr. Carvin said. "I welcome those attacks, because the facts support those of us trying to save Medicare and Social Security for the next generations. By failing to act on our unsustainable entitlement programs, Ms. Lowey is recklessly jeopardizing the entire social safety net in this country. It is time that Rockland and Westchester families were told the truth about our cherished social programs. They are not sustainable as currently constructed. This is the conclusion of every serious minded observer looking at this problem, yet Ms. Lowey would rather employ campaign scare tactics to squeeze out one more term than address the problem."
Richard Foster, Medicare's chief actuary pointed out that if the new health care law is not successful in squeezing out Medicare costs of $500 billion by trimming payments to providers on the assumption they will become more productive, Medicare would go broke in 2016 rather than 2024, as it is now estimated, Mr. Carvin noted. Mr. Foster restated his view that the savings required by the 2010 Health Care law "will not be viable in the long range."
Social Security Commissioner Michael Astrue, a trustee of the two programs, said Social Security's disability insurance program (a subset of the Social Security program) is now expected run out of money in 2016 as well.
"To ignore the dire warnings put forward by her own party and the Simpson-Boweles bi-partisan fiscal commission is reckless and irresponsible," Mr. Carvin charged. "To sit by and do nothing, saddling our children and grandchildren with levels of debt that we know with certainty will bankrupt the nation is unconscionable. "
"It is long past time that career politicians stopped thinking about their next election and started thinking about their patriotic duty to this generation and the next," Mr. Carvin continued. "It is time to stop playing games and have a serious minded conversation about the depth and severity of the fiscal challenges facing our nation. "
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