Tom’s Tired, Flawed Positions

Tom McClintock’s pinned Tweet since early August has been about Social Security and Medicare. He knows how important these programs are to his constituents – half of whom are over 40 – and that we must do something to shore them up. But once again, he refuses to take the action needed to protect the people he was elected to serve.

McClintock has one suggestion to save Social Security – increase the age for benefits. He ignores the enormous damage his president is trying to cause to the Social Security program – inexplicably ordering a deferral of the funding source for the program and proposing a budget that would force cuts to the benefits being paid. Indeed, McClintock helped make the problem worse when he joined his party to enact a bill that shifted the wealth in this country away from the people who need it and to those who already have far too much, while drastically increasing the federal deficit. And McClintock continues to ignore the obvious and more effective solution – forcing the wealthy to pay their fair share. As this Congressional Budget Office report explains, that would fill a gaping hole in Social Security funding. But McClintock’s votes always benefit those who already have too much, often at the expense of the most needy among us.

His Medicare proposal is even more flawed. Like much of the GOP, he offers one solution – privatization. He supports a premium support system – an idea that has been around for decades and didn’t even pass when the GOP controlled the presidency, Senate and House – which would give people credits and let them bid for their own insurance. But as this 2000 study shows, there are “substantial problems with adopting premium support for Medicare. In particular, projections of premium-support savings are based on questionable assumptions that the slowdown in health spending during 1993–1997 can be sustained and extrapolated to future Medicare performance. Consequently, premium support may inadvertently destabilize public Medicare and erode beneficiary choice without achieving substantial savings.” Contrary to McClintock’s claim, this study shows that Medicare Advantage is not performing better than Medicare, and “[m]ajor changes in Medicare Advantage’s payment rules are needed in order to simultaneously encourage the participation of private plans, the provision of high-quality care, and to save Medicare money.” McClintock ignores the facts in advocating for changes that do not work.

Tom McClintock doesn’t let two decades of failure deter him. He is clinging to these tired, flawed ideas, while he does nothing at all to solve the funding problem that he knows must be solved to protect his constituents. California’s 4th District deserves better. We deserve a representative who sees our challenges with clear eyes and takes meaningful action to fix them. We deserve a representative who truly cares about what happens in this District. We deserve a representative who will fight for us.

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Because we know, as Margaret Mead said, that “a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world. Indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.”