Congresswoman Shelley Berkley held a press conference today with some Nevada seniors to draw the public’s attention to the fact that Dean Heller voted for the third time to kill Medicare. This vote is particularly bad considering it went further than the previously proposed cuts, adding Social Security to the victim list.
It’s a good thing Shelley Berkley was talking about it, because the media seems ambivalent. Usually they will just say ‘Democrats said …’ but not actually make any assertions or actually report the facts about the Ryan Plan or “Cut, Cap and Balance.” They certainly won’t emphasize that these bills end Medicare. I have to ask why not?
Objective journalism has turned into a requirement that I provide both Democrat and Republican quotes, but make no real assertions of facts or truth of my own. It’s good to give a variety of perspectives in feature journalism, but it’s also their duty to give us the facts, including the potential outcome of this bill.
Facts are stubborn things. The fact is that “Cut, Cap and Balance” dramatically reduces and phases out Medicare, putting it into the hands of the private sector. We can rightfully say it ends Medicare because what is left is only called Medicare and wouldn’t come close to resembling what it is today.
What if I took your Bentley, replaced it with a Pinto, and put a Bentley emblem on the hood? Is it really a Bentley?
Aside from Medicare being important, jobs are kinda nice too. Plain and simple, this “Cut, Cap and Balance” bill old Hat Trick Heller voted for will kill 700,000 jobs. The amount cut from the budget in this bill equates to .7% of the nation’s gross domestic product. This bill essentially cuts the U.S. economy by .7%. Is that really the Republican plan to grow jobs?
Economies are driven by demand (See Gleaner). By taking this money out of the economy, Dean Heller would be reducing demand for businesses and services. That’s job loss. It’s simple economics 101. Another fact: Dean Heller isn’t telling you any of this. Meanwhile, Republican candidate Mark Amodei says this plan is a “good start.”
I’ll leave you with quotes from the seniors standing with Shelley Berkley today:
“From voting repeatedly to end Medicare to voting to gut Social Security, the health and livelihood of all Nevada seniors are at risk as long as Dean Heller is in the Senate.,” said Randall Downey. “That’s why I’m supporting Shelley Berkley. Her priorities are creating jobs and protecting Medicare, not supporting a reckless agenda that throws Nevada seniors under the bus on behalf of oil company executives and corporations that ship American jobs overseas.”
“Politicians in Washington like Dean Heller are voting for job-killing legislation that would end Medicare by turning it over to profit hungry private insurance companies while gutting Social Security,” Nevada senior citizen Fred Lucas said. “Unlike Dean Heller, Shelley has the right priorities: creating jobs and protecting Social Security and Medicare.”
Nevada seniors should be up in arms about this legislation and Hat Trick Heller’s betrayal. The rest of us should be too because it kills jobs (complete analysis of job creation at Desert Beacon), not to mention we are paying into Medicare and may not ever see it if we allow these shysters to take it away.
Justin is the publisher The Nevada View, which has earned the recognition in the Washington Post’s “Best State-Based Political Blogs,” as well as being awarded the “Most Valuable Blogger Award” by the local CBS affiliate in 2011. Follow him on Twitter @McAffee