No less an authority than Newt Gingrich called this Republican plan “right-wing social engineering.” I have rarely been accused of agreeing with Newt Gingrich on a lot, but he sure hit the nail on the head on this one.
Mr. Tisei and I could not disagree more on the future of Medicare. He supports a plan to privatize it and end it. I believe that seniors who have worked hard deserve a secure retirement and affordable health care. This is a sacred commitment. I have supported a plan that strengthens Medicare and lengthens the life of the program by getting rid of subsidies to private insurance companies so there is more money for seniors’ benefits in years to come. AARP supported the same plan I did because it protects and strengthens Medicare. AARP opposes the Republican plan that Mr. Tisei defended in his op-ed last week.
The bottom line is that is not fair to rob today’s seniors or future generations of a secure retirement. I believe that it’s just plain wrong. But that is what Mr. Tisei’s plan does, and AARP, the Congressional Budget Office, the Committee to Protect Social Security and Medicare, and editorial boards all across the country agree.
I want you to know that I will continue to fight hard to preserve Medicare, so that it can continue to provide quality care for seniors. My opponent wants to end this successful program and shift the burden to seniors, plain and simple.
Together, I know that we can continue to improve this critical program, so that seniors can have the peace of mind and security in retirement that they have earned.
Democrat John Tierney of Salem is congressman for the 6th District.