New Report: Texas Seniors Health Care Cost Increase $6668.87 Under Representative Farenthold’s Plan

Posted on 05/26/2011. Filed under: 2012 elections | Tags: , , , |

Press Release from DCCC

New Report: Texas Seniors Health Care Cost Increase $6668.87 Under Representative Farenthold’s Plan
According to a newly released report, Representative Blake Farenthold’s (TX-27) plan to end Medicare and instead protect Big Oil would raise Texas seniors’ health care costs by $6668.87. Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich even called Farenthold’s plan “radical” and “too big a jump.”
“This report confirms that Representative Blake Farenthold’s disastrous plan to end Medicare and instead protect Big Oil would more than double Texas seniors health care costs,” said Jesse Ferguson of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. “While Farenthold’s plan to end Medicare would cost Texas seniors an additional $6668.87 a year in health care costs, he still protects taxpayer giveaways for Big Oil companies and tax breaks for the ultra rich.”
Background
Farenthold’s Budget Increases Health Care Costs By $6668.87. According to a new report by the Joint Economic Committee, Farenthold’s budget would increase out-of-pocket health care expenses for Texas seniors by $6668.87.  [Joint Economic Committee, 5/11/11]
 
Farenthold Voted to End Medicare.  Farenthold voted for the House Republican budget plan, which, according to The Wall Street Journal, “would essentially end Medicare, which now pays most of the health-care bills for 48 million elderly and disabled Americans, as a program that directly pays those bills.” [H Con. Res. 34, Vote #277, 4/15/11; Wall Street Journal, 4/4/11]
Gingrich Blasts GOP Proposal for Medicare. Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich called the House Republican plan for Medicare “radical” and “too big a jump.” “I don’t think right-wing social engineering is any more desirable than left-wing social engineering,” he said on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” when asked about a Medicare plan championed by House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan (R., Wis.). [Meet The Press, 5/15/11]
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