Campaign 2010

Apr 11, 2012

Does Kim Vann Agree With Her Fellow Republican’s Plan to End Medicare?

Republican congressional candidate Rick Tubbs (CA-03) has made clear his support for the House Republican budget plan to end Medicare, and now people in California’s new third district deserve to know where fellow Republican candidate Kim Vann stands too. Tubbs has called Representative Paul Ryan’s plan that would end Medicare “a good start.”

Now the question is: Does Kim Vann agree with her Republican primary opponent and every California House Republican Member of Congress that Medicare should be ended?

“Rick Tubbs has made his position clear, and now Kim Vann should tell Californians if she would also support an extreme budget plan that protects tax breaks for millionaires while ending Medicare,” said Amber Moon of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. “Voters deserve to know if Kim Vann would stand with her House Republican leaders in Washington to balance the budget on the backs of California’s seniors and middle class.” 

When asked about Medicare at a candidate forum yesterday evening, Vann said the program needed to be reformed. Rather than telling seniors what plan she would support, she falsely claimed the Affordable Care Act cut $500 billion of Medicare benefits when the bill didn’t reduce Medicare benefits and she ignored that the Republican budget includes the same $500 billion in savings.


Tubbs Called the Ryan Budget a “Good Start.” At a 2012 debate Tubbs said “you’ve heard of the Paul Ryan budget, good start, there will be a Rick Tubbs budget that balances the federal budget in the future and saves the American dream.” [Yuba County Tea Party Debate, 11:20, 2/9/12]

Vann Advocated Medicare Reform While Claiming Health Care Reform Took $500 Million Out Of Medicare. When asked how she would do about Medicare and Social Security, Vann argued in favor of reforming entitlements “now” and claimed the Republican budget did not take money out of Medicare. “It doesn’t have to be addressed in one foul swoop, but it can be looked at in tiers…and the numbers of people in the workforce that is paying for this system, it’s not going to work…The only piece of legislation that has been passed in this country that has taken money out of Medicare has been Obamacare. The Republican budget does not take $500 billion out of it.” [Vacaville Chamber of Commerce Debate, 33:00, 4/10/12]

Politifact Called Claim that Affordable Care Act Cut $500 Billion from Medicare False. Politifact called the claim that the Affordable Care Act cut $500 billion from Medicare false. The publication wrote “The Affordable Care Act does reduce Medicare spending by $500 billion over the next 10 years. But here’s the catch: Those dollars aren’t taken out of the current budget, they are not actual cuts, and nowhere does the bill actually eliminate any current benefits.” [PolitiFact, Oregonian, 11/14/11]

House Republican’s FY 2012 Budget Kept The Same Medicare Savings. “In a postelection reversal, House Republicans are supporting nearly $450 billion in Medicare cuts that they criticized vigorously last fall after Democrats and President Barack Obama passed them as part of their controversial health care law. The cuts are included in the 2012 budget that Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., unveiled last week and account for a significant share of the $5.8 trillion in claimed savings over the next decade.” [Associated Press, 4/13/11]

House Republican’s FY 2013 Budget Kept The Same Medicare Savings. “Republicans, including House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, have been critical of Democrats for cutting $500 billion from the program over a decade as part of their health-care overhaul. Still, the House Republican budget written by Ryan retains the cuts.” [Bloomberg, 3/29/12]

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