Tell Ron Wyden to Say No to the Privatization of Medicare
OPINION December 16, 2011 -- Last time we checked, Senator Ron Wyden was elected to represent the tate of Oregon. Now that he's forged a dangerous Medicare compromise with the leader of the Tea Party caucus, we're not sure he remembers what state he represents.
Here in Oregon, we like our Medicare just the way it is.
Tell Ron Wyden that working with Paul Ryan is a bad move for Oregon's Working Families.
Senator Wyden and Congressman Ryan are telling us that their bi-partisan "agreement" 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 helped found--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, Senator Wyden, but this deal is hardly our idea of finding a sensible middle ground.
Tell Ron Wyden to protect Medicare, not sell it off to private insurers.
Back when Gordon Smith was in the Senate, this kind of political triangulation would have made Mr. Wyden look progressive.
The fact is, Oregon has changed, and 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.
Steve Hughes is State Director of the Oregon Working Families Party