Boockvar: Fitzpatrick Voted to End Medicare, Again

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Kathy Boockvar, the Democratic challenger to Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick in the 8th Congressional District, is once again on the offensive.  And no, Fitzpatrick hasn’t attended another extravagant golf outing in Palm Beach (that we know of).

This afternoon, Congressman Fitzpatrick joined with what the Boockvar campaign is (correctly) describing as “Tea Party extremists” in voting “to end Medicare as we know it, and replace the Medicare Guarantee with a murky coupon system.”

Fitzpatrick, along with 227 other House Republicans, voted in favor of the House Republican budget.  Under the new budget, Medicare benefits are expected to shrink, and seniors would now be able to choose a private plan.

The campaign is asserting that “the eradication of the Medicare system is a central platform of the Republican budget, aimed at ensuring that the wealthiest millionaires receive hundreds of thousands of dollars in tax cuts while forcing seniors to pay thousands of dollars more per year for their healthcare.”

Last week, AARP CEO Addison Barry Rand wrote to Members of Congress that “this proposal simply shifts these high and growing costs onto Medicare beneficiaries, and it then shifts even higher costs of increased uninsured care onto everyone else.”

“Today Congressman Fitzpatrick again voted against the best interests of seniors, costing them thousands of dollars more per year, while giving tax breaks to multi-millionaires who need them the least,” Boockvar said.

This assertion is supported by an analysis by the Urban-Brookings Tax Policy Center, which reveals that those earning more than $1 million a year “would receive $265,000 apiece in new tax cuts, on average, on top of the $129,000 they would receive from the Ryan budget’s extension of President Bush’s tax cuts.”

“He’s showing us that he isn’t the moderate he pretends to be,” added Boockvar. “In fact, in Washington, Congressman Fitzpatrick is toeing the Tea Party line and fighting to end Medicare as we know it, slash Pell Grants for college students, and keep tax breaks for companies that ship jobs overseas. If we are going to get Congress focused on us again, we need a representative that won’t say one thing at home but do another in Washington.”

Boockvar’s campaign website can be found here.

[Editorial Note: Since Keystone Politics began reporting on the Boockvar-Fitzpatrick race, I've been receiving emails from the NRCC almost daily.  Their content, without exception is similar to "House Democrats Vote to (Insert Mis-Characterization of Bill Here): What Would Boockvar Do?"  I have no idea how this happened, and they just won't stop spamming me.]

About Jake Sternberger

Jake Sternberger has been a contributing writer at Keystone Politics since 2011. Sternberger primarily covers campaigns and elections, drawing from his experience working on municipal, county, congressional, and statewide PA races doing field, communications, and campaign management. He is currently a law student. Email: jakes@keystonepolitics.com Twitter: @JakeSternberger
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