Republican Senate candidate Heather Wilson has a long record of putting millionaires and special interests ahead of New Mexico's middle-class families. Now, Wilson says she "admires" the Ryan budget for its "bold ideas" that would end Medicare as we know it while giving massive tax breaks to millionaires.
"Medicare provides vital health care coverage for New Mexico seniors, and the need for the program remains as strong today as ever," said Whitney Potter, a spokeswoman for Democratic Senate candidate Martin Heinrich. "Yet Heather Wilson supports plans that would devastate Medicare and increase health care costs for seniors."
The Ryan budget calls for radical policy changes that would end Medicare's guaranteed benefits and force nearly 300,000 New Mexico seniors into a voucher program when they retire. As a result, health care costs for seniors would increase by as much as $5,900 each year. But the Ryan budget wouldn't stop there. It would also reinstate the "donut hole" for more than 27,000 seniors in New Mexico, burdening them with thousands of dollars in additional costs for prescription drugs.
At the same time, the Ryan budget would make all of the Bush tax cuts for millionaires permanent, and then give millionaires and additional tax break averaging $265,000.
"Martin knows how important programs like Medicare are to the future of the middle class, and he will always stand on the side of New Mexico's seniors when Medicare is under attack," said Potter.