SHAWNEE, Kan. – As Sen. Pat Roberts campaigns across the state with Gov. Sam Brownback, he won't answer the question about where he stands on the radical plan to privatize Medicare. Roberts’ position is important because the plan, which is a health compact with eight other states, requires Congressional approval and Roberts’ Tea Party supporters are already counting on his vote.
“We need Senator Roberts to stay in the Senate and on the Health Committee to help us pass the Health Care Compact . . . ,“ Beverly Gossage, a self-described Tea Party activist wrote on the Tea Party Express web page endorsing Sen. Roberts. When the Wichita Eagle asked Roberts for his stance on the compact earlier this month, the Roberts campaign refused “to answer the question directly and instead reasserted the Senator’s opposition to the Affordable Care Act.”
“This proves that after living in Washington for 47 years, Sen. Roberts has lost touch with the needs of Kansas’ seniors,” said Orman campaign manager Jim Jonas. “Senator Roberts lives in Washington, rarely visits Kansas, and barely ever shows up for his job on the Finance Committee, which has held several important Medicare hearings. Kansans want a Senator who supports protecting Medicare and will show up to defend it, not a Senator who supports a radical plan to privatize it and skips the job we’re paying him to do.”
Businessman and independent Senate candidate Greg Orman has said that as a Senator he would fight this flawed privatization scheme.
“I think taking our health care dollars for seniors and putting them in the hands of a governor who raided our transportation trust fund providing tax cuts for the wealthiest Kansans is the height of irresponsibility,” Orman said. “I would absolutely vote against that measure and ultimately if the President vetoed it I would vote to sustain the veto.”
On the Senate Finance Committee, Roberts missed nearly 60 percent of the hearings dedicated to Medicare since 2007, including a two-part hearing in February 2008 titled “Selling to Seniors: The Need for Accountability and Oversight of Marketing and Sales by Medicare Private Plans.”
Hundreds of Kansans have signed a petition calling on Senator Roberts to release his schedule and show where he has been instead of the committee hearings he was supposed to have attended.
For more information about businessman Greg Orman and his Independent campaign for U.S. Senate, please visit the campaign online at www.OrmanForSenate.com. For media inquires, please contact our press office at Press@OrmanForSenate.com or call us at 913-353-5277.
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