Eric Beck, a small business owner and the Republican Nominee for U.S. Congress in New Jersey's 12th District, slammed Rep. Rush Holt today for his repeated votes to gut Medicare by an astounding $741 billion. The new figure, nearly 50% higher than earlier projections, was recently discovered, buried deep within Congressional Budget Office reports on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ObamaCare).
"Major proponents of ObamaCare, like Mr. Holt, were repeatedly warned that their estimates of the law's cost to Medicare were wrong," Beck said. "Now, it's come to light that the cuts that will be made to Medicare will cost the program $741 billion, thereby jeopardizing the future healthcare coverage of our senior citizens. Americans can finally see through the smoke and mirrors that politicians like Mr. Holt used by trying to hide the real severity of these cuts.
"Finally seeing through the fraudulent presentation on which ObamaCare was sold, our fears have been confirmed that this could mean disastrous benefit cuts for seniors. Mr. Holt and other politicians in Washington can't hide any longer from their plan to bankrupt Medicare in order to push our nation toward a single-payer system.
"We have to wonder whether Mr. Holt was lying or just uninformed when he told an audience in 2011, "I am not going to let anything happen to Medicare as you know it now.'"
Beck said that repealing and replacing ObamaCare will be his first priority in Congress.
"The first step is repealing this destructive law before it endangers our seniors and robs them of their benefits. Medicare must be reformed and strengthened -- not bankrupted. But, we also need to provide alternatives; and I believe that a value-based healthcare system that reduces cost, improves quality and expands access, all while putting patients first, is the solution we need to make healthcare affordable for all Americans, including seniors."