Seniors Label Pat Meehan's Medicare Plan “Deeply Offensive” & Criticize Him for Breaking Promise to Protect Medicare
Haverford, PA – Residents of the 7th Congressional District continued to push back against first-term Congressman Pat Meehan for his broken promise to protect the nation's Medicare program. The latest confrontation occurred Wednesday May 18th at a meeting held at the senior living facility known as The Quadrangle in Haverford, PA. For about 45-minutes, residents of the 55-plus community peppered the Congressman with questions that voiced their outrage over his support for a Republican plan to turn Medicare into a privately run voucher program.
One of the meeting's most pointed exchanges came between Meehan and one of the women who said she found it “deeply offensive” that the Republican plan assumed that the current generation of seniors could be “bought off” to win support for the plan. The woman told the Congressman that this plan assumed that she had “no family values” and that she didn't care about her family members well-being.
“The part that I find the most offensive about Paul Ryan's (Medicare Plan) is that it won't affect any one 55 years or older. That assumes that I have no family values and that I will be bought off,” the woman said. “I am supposed to be comforted by the fact that this plan won't affect me. As though I don't have the family values to be concerned about my grandchildren and about my children, and that I am not concerned about their education and their health care. Congressman those of us who are older find that deeply offensive.”
Other Seniors at the meeting also criticized Meehan for supporting the plan. One asked him about the promise he made in the fall campaign that he broke. His response was simply to say that he promised he would never back a “voucher program” and that the Ryan budget did not qualify as a voucher program, but rather was a “premium support” plan. Meehan did not make clear how this was anything other than a linguistic distinction. This follows in his pattern of refusing to confront the promises made in some of his October debates with Democratic opponent Bryan Lentz.
Many of the Seniors said they supported raising taxes on individuals making more than $250,000 a year in order to help fund Medicare.
“You are asking people on Medicare to make sacrifices,” one woman said, “What sacrifices have you asked rich people to make?“
The current criticisms come on top of heat that the Congressman took at an earlier town hall immediately after the vote. At that event, a resident of the 7th Congressional District confronted him on voting to “end Medicare as we know it.” Meehan Report was able to video tape the event. The footage was covered by major media outlets, and has contributed to divisions in the Republican Party. Many believe that the bill will end up a “poison pill” which newer conservative members of the House, especially those who, like Meehan, live in districts won overwhelmingly by Obama and Kerry.
Meehan Report will continue to bring you updates on this critical issue.