DETROIT - Senator Stabenow's campaign today released a new television ad that draws a clear distinction between her efforts to preserve Medicare and Pete Hoekstra's plan to turn it into a voucher program. Under Hoekstra's plan, seniors would have to pay an average of $6,400 more out of pocket every year and buy insurance directly from the same insurance companies that can drop a senior from coverage if health care becomes too costly.
Hoekstra has embraced the plan that would turn Medicare into a voucher system and eliminate guaranteed benefits for seniors--while providing millionaires, billionaires, and corporate special interests more tax breaks. Hoekstra's plan would give millionaires an average tax break of $250,000 each year.
In sharp contrast to Hoekstra, Senator Stabenow has voted to strengthen seniors' guaranteed benefits and crack down on Medicare fraud, waste, and abuse. To strengthen Medicare’s finances, Senator Stabenow has fought to stop over-payments to insurance companies and allow Medicare to negotiate discount drug prices--saving money and extending the life of Medicare eight years without forcing seniors to pay more.
In April, Senator Stabenow was presented with a pair of boxing gloves by the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare in recognition of her unwavering commitment to protect Medicare and Social Security.
This issue represents a clear and important difference between Michigan’s candidates for Senate—Senator Stabenow would save money in Medicare by standing up to special interests while protecting seniors' benefits, Pete Hoekstra would make Michigan seniors pay more for their care.
The 30 second spot, entitled "Through Me," will air on television statewide.
See below for the ad script:
Stabenow: Some people in Washington think we should gut Medicare to pay for more tax breaks for millionaires. Are they crazy?
Announcer: Pete Hoekstra would cut Medicare. His plan turns our guaranteed Medicare benefits into a voucher program costing seniors $6,400 more a year, all to pay for even more tax breaks for millionaires and oil companies.
Stabenow: I'm Debbie Stabenow and I approve this message because if anyone wants to eliminate Medicare, they're going to have to go through me.
Announcer: Debbie Stabenow, standing up for Michigan.