Erik Paulsen Fails to be Endorsed by ARA

Who are you going to believe the campaign commercial … or … a group that represents more than 4.3 million retirees, older Americans and community activists, including more than 84,000 members in Minnesota ?

The campaign commercial is selling Erik Paulsen as the savior for Social Security and the protector for seniors.


Well, if you evaluate his roll call votes, you might question Erik Paulsen’s claim.
The Alliance for Retired Americans evaluated 10 votes held during 2013 against seniors needs … such as :

Medicare Privatization
The House passed a budget resolution, introduced by Rep. Ryan, R-WI, that replaces the guaranteed benefits of Medicare with a privatized system. Under the Ryan plan, Medicare would be privatized, voucher-like payments would go to insurance companies and seniors would have significantly higher out of pocket costs.
H.Con.Res. 25, Roll Call No. 88, March 21, 2013.

Health Care Repeal
The House passed health care reform repeal legislation, introduced by Rep. Bachmann, R-MN. The 2010 Affordable Care Act included several pro-retiree provisions including the elimination of co-pays and deductibles for preventive care screenings and an annual wellness checkup beginning in 2011. The law also included the closing of the Part D doughnut hole coverage gap and the phasing out of overpayments to Medicare Advantage insurance companies.
H.R. 45, Roll Call No. 154, May 16, 2013.

Stop Nutrition Restrictions
Rep. McGovern, D-MA, offered an amendment to a farm bill that would restore $20.5 billion in cuts to the SNAP food nutrition program. Many seniors rely on SNAP funds to meet their basic nutritional needs and would otherwise lose benefits.
H.R. 1947, Roll Call No. 256, June 19, 2013.

That’s just three of the votes which Erik Paulsen failed seniors.
Although they did include the vote that Erik Paulsen refused to restore food stamp funding, they did not include in their tally that Erik Paulsen voted to increase the amount of cuts to the food stamp program. Yes, $20.5 billon was not enough for some … so Amendment #101 was offered by Representative Tim Huelskamp (R-KS-01) which raised the total reduction in spending to $31 billion. 57 Republicans said NO … that’s too much … but not Erik Paulsen … he voted to raise the cuts by another $11 Billion.

In fact, according to ARA’s scorecard, Erik Paulsen “earned” a 10% rating for 2013 … which is actually up from his Lifetime score of 6%.

Gosh, doesn’t this prove that Erik Paulsen’s campaign theme “spend less, do more” is asking seniors to expect more cuts to programs that they “rely” on [Note the name of the commercial is Rely].

Judging this scorecard, it is not a surprise that Erik Paulsen did not earn the endorsement of the Alliance For Retired Americans … in fact, they endorsed Sharon Sund.

Actually, that’s not a surprise, as Sharon Sund is committed to work to in a bipartisan way to strengthen, and improve, Medicare and Social Security for today’s seniors and tomorrow’s retirees.

Funny thing is that the commercial blends the topics of Medicare and Medicare Advantage … and includes the statement that Erik Paulsen will fight so that seniors can keep their own doctors. Yet, as anyone who has Medicare Advantage already knows, MA is a program run by an insurance company … and the insurance company can charge different out-of-pocket costs and have different rules for how you get services (like whether you need a referral to see a specialist or if you have to go to only doctors, facilities, or suppliers that belong to the plan for non-emergency or non-urgent care). These rules can change each year. Is Erik Paulsen saying that he is going to mandate insurance companies to require policyholders to see whatever doctor they want ?

If voters want someone committed to protecting seniors, then Vote Sharon Sund.

Sharon Sund Committed to Protecting Social Security

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