FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, October 11, 2012
Zandra Rice-Hawkins (603) 225-2471
Pre-VP Debate Cheat Sheet for Ovide Lamontagne
Granite State Progress helps GOP Gubernatorial candidate Ovide Lamontagne brush up on his positions on Medicare, Medicaid, Block Grants & Vouchers in advance of VP Debate
CONCORD, NH – GOP Gubernatorial candidate Ovide Lamontagne has had trouble remembering where he stands on Medicare and Medicaid during his last few public appearances. In advance of tonight's nationally televised debate – where Vice Presidential candidate Paul Ryan is most likely to double-down on ending Medicare as we know it – Granite State Progress is providing a cheat sheet for Ovide Lamontagne to help him remember his own policy positions on the issues.
Ovide's Cheat Sheet on Medicare & Medicaid
Ovide supports Paul Ryan's plan to end Medicare as we know it by turning it into a voucher system. "And Paul Ryan is one of those brilliant Congressmen that’s got a plan that I subscribe to, that calls for the fundamental reform of Social Security and Medicare so that we will have a solvent system as we get older, some of us." [Seacoast Republican Women Senatorial & Congressional Debate, 8/18/2010]
Ovide wants to block grant Medicare & Medicaid, putting health care for our seniors and disabled into the hands of Speaker Bill O'Brien . "I will also seek block grants of Medicaid and Medicare to deregulate health care, while working for free-market reforms to bring competition to our health care delivery system and insurance markets and ensure high-quality, lower-cost care and coverage for all." [Ovide Website: Union Leader, 2/10/2012]
"Ovide Lamontagne is in lockstep with Paul Ryan's radical plan to end Medicare as we know it," said Zandra Rice Hawkins, Executive Director of Granite State Progress. "Ovide supports turning Medicare into a voucher program, which leaves our seniors at the mercy of big insurance companies. He supports block granting both Medicare and Medicaid, which means states could drop seniors from coverage or lower the benefits they receive. It seems the only thing Ovide doesn't support is the fact that Medicare is already working for our nation's seniors. Ovide Lamontagne would take us in a radically different direction."
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