Congressman Pat Meehan Breaks Key Promise To Delaware County Seniors: Backs Republican Efforts to Privatize Medicare
The Meehan Report releases debate footage from fall campaign in which Meehan pointedly promised voters he would vote against Republican efforts to privatize Medicare
In footage from an October debate released today by the watchdog Web site, The Meehan Report, then-candidate Meehan strongly states he will oppose all efforts of the Republican Party leadership to privatize Medicare by turning it into a voucher program, noting “If that’s the agenda, I’m not voting for it. That’s the first and most important thing.” (at :24 of the following video link http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NqznLQ8xLcc ).
Meehan’s comment was a direct response to his opponent, state Representative Bryan Lentz, who noted that Meehan was likely to follow the lead of Republican Party leaders like John Boehner and Eric Cantor (who support privatizing Medicare and Social Security) after relying on them to headline a series of fundraisers. The exchange between Meehan and Lentz came during an October debate at Neumann University. (For the complete exchange, click http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gBZrZgEaxN4)
The Republican budget plan that Meehan voted in favor of today calls for replacing the current Medicare system with a voucher program that forces Seniors to buy health care plans from private insurers.
“Medicare plays an important role in protecting the physical and financial health of our Seniors.” said Andrew Blum, founder of the Meehan Report. “Pat Meehan doesn’t believe it is a program worth protecting, and he should have had the decency to be up front with people who rely on it before the election. He broke his promise.”
Meehan’s broken promise on the privatization of Medicare is just the latest example of his failure to live up to campaign promises. He also claimed he would be a “fiscal watchdog” during the campaign, and yet news outlets have reported he voted to fund the infamous “Bridge to Nowhere” in Alaska, and that he is paying $10,000 more than what his predecessor paid in rent costs, or a greater increase in rent than any other new representative in Pennsylvania. 
 “Digs for 7 of Pennsylvania’s 19 House members cost taxpayers more this year” – Pittsburgh Tribune-Review http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/news/pittsburgh/s_729415.html