Traverse City Debate Recap

***TRAVERSE CITY DEBATE RECAP*** 

At Traverse City Debate, Gary McDowell takes apart Congressman Benishek’s two years of Failure in Washington Vote by Vote

Gary McDowell: Congressman Benishek went to Washington and became part of the problem. He voted to cut Medicare, release mercury into our lakes and put our jobs in jeopardy

TRAVERSE CITY, MI – In their second of three scheduled debates, Gary McDowell laid out his vision for Northern Michigan and held Congressman Benishek accountable for failing to look out for Northern Michigan in Congress.

“Congressman Benishek went to Washington and immediately became part of the problem,” said Gary McDowell. “He voted to cut Medicare and make seniors negotiate with private insurance companies, he voted to allow cement companies to release more mercury into the lakes and he refused to stand up to Chinese currency manipulation which makes their products cheaper than ours.”

At the debate, Congressman Benishek failed to explain his votes to cut Medicare, pollute the Great Lakes and was unable to explain why he said the reason there is high unemployment in Northern Michigan is because “people don’t want to work.”

Congressman Benishek did try to separate himself from his plan to cut Medicare and previous statements he has made including: The Ryan/Benishek Budget is “…sort of a gradual phasing out of the Medicare and Social Security plan.”

Congressman Benishek even argued at the debate that the Ryan/Benishek budget “isn’t a Medicare voucher” but the other week in Gaylord Congressman Benishek said: “the Republican Premium Support Plan for Medicare would save money by allowing senior citizens to use a system of vouchers…by purchasing health care coverage through private insurance companies.”

“The truth is that Congressman Benishek’s plan to cut Medicare would force seniors to pay $6,400 a year out of pocket and make them negotiate with private insurance companies to provide for their health insurance,” McDowell Continued. “The Ryan/Benishek plan is bad for seniors in Northern Michigan – the last thing we need to do is hand Medicare over to private insurance companies who want to profit off our seniors.”

McDowell spoke at length about his plan to reduce the cost of Medicare by allowing Medicare to negotiate drug prices with pharmaceutical companies. Doing so would save Medicare $156 billion a year according to the House Committee on Government Oversight.

“Right now the VA, which negotiates with pharmaceutical companies, pays $250 for a script of Lipitor – Medicare pays nearly $800 for the exact same quantity,” said McDowell.

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Congressman Benishek’s remarks on Medicare, Social Security and Jobs:

The Ryan/Benishek Budget is “…sort of a gradual phasing out of the Medicare and Social Security plan.”http://articles.petoskeynews.com/2012-09-21/dan-benishek_34008510

 

“The Republican Premium Support Plan for Medicare would save money by allowing senior citizens to use a system of vouchers…by purchasing health care coverage through private insurance companies.”http://articles.petoskeynews.com/2012-09-21/dan-benishek_34008510

 

The reason there is high unemployment is because “people don’t want to work”.http://www.dailypress.net/page/content.detail/id/536840/Benishek-swings-through-district.html?nav=5003

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