After Voting To End Medicare, “Struggling” Sean Duffy Opposes Medicare Reform

Dec 05, 2011

MADISON – Despite his hypocritical vote to repeal the successful Affordable Care Act and his hyper-partisan allegiance to Paul Ryan’s disastrous budget that privatizes Medicare and slashes Medicaid while preserving corporate giveaways, “Struggling” Sean Duffy is now trying making the case that he is against reforms that contain costs and encourage efficiencies in the same Medicare programs whose end he sought.

A key provision of the Affordable Care Act, opposed by Duffy and fellow House Republicans who wish to end Medicare as we know it, establishes an Independent Payment Advisory Board – a commission that works to ensure a sustainable slowdown in Medicare costs by incentivizing the delivery of efficient care for all payers, both public and private.

“Sean Duffy never ran on ending Medicare and returning to the days where insurance companies could deny coverage to children with pre-existing conditions and seniors have to choose between paying for life-saving prescription drugs and food,” Democratic Party of Wisconsin Chair Mike Tate said Tuesday. “So it comes as no surprise that he is misrepresenting his true intentions to the people of north and central Wisconsin, who never would have voted for a rubberstamp for the radical GOP agenda.

Perhaps Sean Duffy thinks the reforms don’t go far enough, and seniors shouldn’t have Medicare at all. Because if Sean Duffy really wanted to preserve our social safety net programs for those most in need, he wouldn’t have voted to end Medicare  – he would be supporting commonsense reforms that will ensure it lives on to provide reliable, efficient care.”