Or is 26-year incumbent calling Rep. Tim Holden a liar?
Hazleton, PA – In his desperate quest to cling to power, Paul Kanjorski is now lying to senior citizens about the future of Medicare – a future he helped destroy by voting for the government takeover of health care.
Kanjorski told a group of senior citizens on Wednesday, “Let me assure you: no benefits of Medicare are in any way cut under the new Health Care Act. Anyone who is a senior citizen covered by Medicare will receive all the benefits that they would have received if the bill had never been passed.” (Wilkes-Barre Citizens’ Voice, 9/2/10)
But Kanjorski’s colleague, U.S. Rep. Tim Holden (D-17), said this about the healthcare bill: “I will not vote for the Senate bill. It makes significant cuts to Medicare and Medicaid … and the restrictions on (federal funding for) abortion are not as strong.” (Pottsville Republican Herald, 3/11/10)
Everyone from the Congressional Budget Office to CNN to the Associated Press to the Wall Street Journal to Congressional Quarterly says Medicare is going to be slashed by between $400 billion and $500 billion. As a result of the cuts, 2.7 million fewer seniors could be enrolled in Medicare Advantage, and the additional benefits for Medicare Advantage beneficiaries could be reduced by nearly half. Those reports also say that fewer and fewer doctors will accept new patients who use Medicare, reducing the choice seniors have in selecting a physician.
“There are two options here – either Kanjorski is lying or Kanjorski is calling Rep. Holden a liar. Which is it, Mr. Kanjorski? Who is telling the truth?” asked Shawn Kelly, spokesman for Lou Barletta. “Kanjorski flat-out lied to senior citizens about how his support of the government takeover of health care will jeopardize their access to doctors and their medical care. I know Kanjorski admitted to ‘stretching the facts’ before in order to get re-elected, but this is low, even for him. Seniors need to know the truth – Paul Kanjorski voted to slash their Medicare funding by $500 billion. Kanjorski voted for a plan that will reduce the choice seniors have in selecting a doctor. For Kanjorski now to lie to seniors and hide from them how his vote will hurt their medical care is disgusting.”