Iowa Seniors Can Trust Rita Hart

Here’s a note from the Rita Hart campaign after last night’s debate. 

Watch the debate here

FACT CHECK: Iowa Seniors Can’t Trust Mariannette Miller-Meeks

WHEATLAND, IOWA — Mariannette Miller-Meeks is out of touch when it comes to the promises we made our seniors. She blames rising healthcare costs on Medicare and praised a radical Washington plan that would have ended the Medicare guarantee. She also supports raising the retirement age for Iowa seniors and privatizing Social Security. Iowa seniors can’t trust Mariannette Miller-Meeks to protect them in Congress.

Here are the facts about Mariannette Miller-Meeks’ failure to keep her promises to Iowa seniors:

  • Miller-Meeks blamed Iowa seniors and funding shortfalls for Medicare on “overuse, saying those who get care for free are prone to use it unnecessarily like patients with mild sore throats who’d otherwise would gargle with salt water.” [The Hawk Eye (Burlington, Iowa), 9/6/09]

  • In 2008, Mariannette Miller-Meeks supported raising the federal retirement age. She indicated on a 2008 Project Vote Smart questionnaire that she supported raising the retirement age for individual eligibility to receive full Social Security benefits, forcing Iowans to work longer before retirement.

  • The health care plan Miller-Meeks supports would allow insurance companies to charge what AARP calls an “age tax,” on older Americans, forcing them to pay higher premiums.

  • And if raising the retirement age wasn’t enough, in 2012 Miller-Meeks supported a program that would have replaced Medicare insurance coverage by giving Medicare recipients a fixed dollar amount to purchase private insurance. This dangerous plan would leave Iowa seniors without care and unable to afford their healthcare, including prescription drugs.

  • It’s no surprise that given her attacks on Medicare, that in 2008, Mariannette supported privatizing Social Security. She doesn’t believe in honoring the promise that our government made to these seniors when they paid into the system.

With positions like these on the issues and programs that are so critical to the health and well-being of Iowa seniors, it’s clear that Mariannette Miller-Meeks can’t be trusted to put her constituents’ interests over those of the special interests.

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