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One candidate is committed to preserving Medicare: Anderson

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We are now just days away from the Nov. 6 election. Most people I know decided many months ago whom to support in the presidential race. However, I often still hear from voters that they are undecided with regard to the race for Georgia’s 12th Congressional District.

Back in August, I endorsed Lee Anderson. I knew Lee had his heart in the right place, and he truly wants to represent us. As a fellow Republican, we share the same beliefs. Yet he has been taken to task for some of those beliefs in a series of clever commercials by his opponent, Democratic Rep. John Barrow. The record must be set straight.

To hear Rep. Barrow’s commercials, a voter might think that Lee is trying to take Medicare away from our senior citizens. In reality, Lee has endorsed vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan’s Path to Prosperity budget. Further, PolitiFact rated this charge by Rep. Barrow and other Washington Democrats the “Lie of the Year.”

IF REP. RYAN’S plan were enacted into law, any changes to the Medicare system would be delayed until 10 years after passage, and would not affect anyone older than age 55. Rep. Ryan and the House Budget Committee Republicans believe – rightly so – that we should have a transition period from traditional Medicare into a system that provides premium support to seniors.

The Ryan plan will allow seniors to choose private health insurance with the government, through Medicare, subsidizing the premiums. In addition, Medicare will provide increased assistance for lower-income individuals and those with greater health risks. Allowing the free market to control the plans and giving seniors more decision-making power over their health care is expected to slow the federal government’s Medicare expenditures.

The most surprising thing about Rep. Barrow’s assertion that Lee was trying to get rid of Medicare is that the Ryan budget changes Medicare to function exactly the way the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program currently works for 8 million federal employees, including Rep. Barrow! I have never once seen him complain about his health insurance. Further, he knows the Ryan plan will work because it currently works for every federal employee in America.

LEE OUGHT TO be congratulated for endorsing the Ryan plan, because Medicare in its current form faces a stark reality: Without major changes, the program will become insolvent in the year 2024, according to the Medicare Trustees 2012 Annual Report to Congress. It’s not as though Americans are ignorant of this fact. A study earlier this year from AARP found that only 41 percent of seniors surveyed thought Medicare would be around for their retirement – let alone for future generations.

Rep. Barrow has offered scare tactics on the topic of Medicare, but he certainly hasn’t offered anything other than the status quo. Today’s Medicare is going bankrupt, with more and more doctors refusing to see patients on the program and with an estimated 10-15 percent of expenditures being fraudulent. Sustaining the status quo is not an option.

We know Medicare is in trouble. Only one of the two candidates in the 12th District congressional race supports a credible plan to ensure Medicare exists for my children and yours, and that candidate is Lee Anderson.

Please don’t allow distortions in a political ad convince you to vote scared. I hope you’ll join me in voting for Lee – and saving Medicare.

(The writer is an Evans attorney and a former Republican congressional candidate for Georgia’s U.S. House District 12.)

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Techfan
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Techfan 11/03/12 - 05:23 am
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In other words: We want the

In other words: We want the old peoples' votes so we don't change anything for them. Down the road, you get to work until you're 70, and then try purchase health insurance in the private market with whatever pre-existing conditions you might have at that age. As a fun project, go to some of the online insurance sites and act like you're looking for a policy. Plug in some pre-existing condition, say diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, high blood pressure, and say maybe that you've a stent or 2 in your heart and check the prices. You'll probably have to claim you're 64 years old because after that, you go to Medicare. I do love Wright saying that Barrow has FEHB but neglecting that, if elected, Anderson wil have FEHB as well. Also, since Wright like Politifact so much, I'm sure he would like to quote them correctly. As to the ACA. "Obamacare does not literally cut funding from the Medicare program’s budget. Rather, the health care law instituted a number of changes to try to bring down future health care costs in the program." Also per Politifact as to the "lie of the year", "The claim we rated for the Lie of the Year was that Republicans voted to end Medicare -- period -- not end Medicare as we know it."
http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/article/2012/mar/29/want-invoke-...

soapy_725
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soapy_725 11/03/12 - 06:55 am
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Liars all. when politicos mouths move
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they are lying. Bend over, grab your knees and pray.

effete elitist liberal
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effete elitist liberal 11/03/12 - 08:17 am
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Nice try, Wright

Things are progressing just as McLeod had hoped. Anderson, whose laughable lack of understanding of basic government and whose inability to string together an articulate thought have led to his total silence during the campaign, will almost certainly lose on Tuesday. So it's safe now for McLeod to speak up in his "defense" to show that he, McLeod, is a "team player." In fact, if Anderson were to win, McLeod's long-term plan to run for Congress next go-around would end. With an Anderson loss, a loss ending Anderson's Washington fantasy, McLeod would be free to oppose Barrow. Slick, Wright, very slick....

Techfan
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Techfan 11/03/12 - 08:24 am
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I'm sure Lee could have

I'm sure Lee could have competently and intelligently explained his plans in debates with Rep. Barrow. Why didn't he?

effete elitist liberal
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effete elitist liberal 11/03/12 - 09:08 am
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debate

As an old-fashioned southern country gentleman, perhaps he didn't want to show up Barrow?

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Jon Lester 11/03/12 - 10:17 am
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That $716 billion number

comes from the ACA's reform of heretofore wasteful Medicare Advantage spending. This is not obscure information, and an honest lawyer could take five minutes to check the facts. Anderson may honestly believe the conservative media talking points, but when his surrogates consciously disregard the truth, no one should be surprised if the voters react with skepticism.

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harley_52 11/03/12 - 03:18 pm
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This Endorsement...

....says a lot about Wright McLeod. While he was the beneficiary of some pretty unfortunate circumstances having to do with the local Sheriff's race, he proves he's capable of rising above it all and following his beliefs and principles. I'm proud to see that. I'm voting for Anderson in this election as Mr. McLeod suggests and for the same reasons he outlines.

Good letter, Mr. McLeod. I hope we haven't seen the last of you in the world of politics.

As for the sniping from the left-wing peanut gallery, I wouldn't let it bother me. These same folks would be badmouthing you for "sour grapes" if you hadn't endorsed Anderson. You just can't win when dealing with the ultra-left, either as an individual, or as a society.

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rebellious 11/03/12 - 10:43 pm
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Ditto

Harley 52. I could not agree more with your comments. Vote Anderson on Nov 6th.

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Nomaninthesky 11/06/12 - 02:52 pm
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Vote Barrow

We need more like Barrow a person who isn't against working with the other party. Our congress is in gridlock because of this! Vote Barrow!

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