December 16th, 2011 by dlombardi
Yesterday, Oregon Senator Wyden teamed up with the leader of the Tea Party Caucus, Congressman Ryan to release their bi-partisan “agreement” that they claim is only a push to “modify” Medicare and lower costs. However, this “compromise” would actually eliminate Medicare all together by driving program beneficiaries into private insurance plans.
This proposal is so bad, that the Gray Panthers–the organization that Ron Wyden led in Oregon for 6 years –had this to say about it:
“If this plan were implemented, retired, elderly persons would be responsible for health care cost inflation caused by a grossly inefficient and corrupt medical-industrial complex, over which they have absolutely no control.”
Sorry, but this deal is hardly our idea of finding a sensible middle ground. Oregonians don’t believe in undermining Medicare by giving in to the unfettered market ideology of the Tea Party.
Working Oregonians deserve better, and Senator Wyden needs to know. Take a moment to sign our petition to Senator Wyden today: