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Daines voted for the rich and hurt seniors

2014-07-18T00:00:00Z Daines voted for the rich and hurt seniors The Billings Gazette
July 18, 2014 12:00 am

When I found out that our own congressman — who claims to care about us seniors — voted to balance the budget by cutting Medicare, I was outraged.

I want everyone to know the truth before it's too late. Congressman Steve Daines voted for the Ryan Budget, which completely changes Medicare as we know it — cutting Medicare benefits by more than a $100 billion and taking away the guarantee of affordable health care for all seniors. If Daines had his way, out-of-pocket costs would increase by as much as $5,900 per senior, and the eligibility age would rise from 65 to 67.

The worst part of the Daines' plan is that it cuts taxes for millionaires like himself and big corporations. We seniors shouldn't have to suffer just so millionaires like Daines can make more money. And Daines didn't just vote for this ludicrous plan once, but twice. There is no question he'll vote for it again if he has the chance. We can't let that happen.

We need to elect someone who will cut Washington spending without leaving seniors behind. We need someone like Sen. John Walsh, who has already introduced a bill to protect Medicare. And his plan to cut spending — his own bill which cracks down on wasteful government spending in the Defense Department — doesn't include hurting seniors. That's exactly the kind of senator Montana needs.

Connie Rasky

Billings

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