Campaign 2010

Oct 22, 2010

Kristi Noem (SD-AL) The Wrong Choice For South Dakota Seniors

The choice between Stephanie Herseth Sandlin and Kristi Noem could not be more clear: Stephanie Herseth Sandlin is fighting for South Dakota’s families and seniors and Kristi Noem is fighting to end Medicare as we know it, leaving seniors on their own.

DCCC spokesperson Jennifer Crider said, “Stephanie Herseth Sandlin understands the promise we have made to our seniors, and is fighting to make sure every South Dakotan can retire with dignity and respect.  Kristi Noem just doesn’t get it – she supports a plan that will end Medicare as we know it and leave seniors on their own with no choice but to buy expensive corporate health insurance.”


Kristi Noem is Wrong on Medicare.  When asked about Republican Congressman Paul Ryan’s Roadmap, which would eliminate Medicare by making it a voucher system, Kristi Noem said “it is a great place to start and the right direction for this country to go.”  This voucher system will cut Medicare funding by 76 percent, drastically reduce benefits, and leave seniors with a voucher to fight for themselves in the insurance market.

BACKGROUND:

Kristi Noem Supported the Ryan Budget

In May 2010, when asked if she supported the Republican budget proposed by Paul Ryan, Noem said, “it is a great place to start and the right direction for this country to go.” [Rapid City Journal, 5/11/10]

Washington Post’s Ezra Klein: Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security are Privatized Under Ryan’s Budget Plan

According to the Washington Post’s Ezra Klein, “To move us to surpluses, Ryan's budget proposes reforms that are nothing short of violent. Medicare is privatized. Seniors get a voucher to buy private insurance, and the voucher's growth is far slower than the expected growth of health-care costs. Medicaid is also privatized. The employer tax exclusion is fully eliminated, replaced by a tax credit that grows more slowly than medical costs. And beyond health care, Social Security gets guaranteed, private accounts that CBO says will actually cost more than the present arrangement, further underscoring how ancillary the program is to our budget problem.” [Washington Post, 2/1/10]

Ryan Proposal Would Abolish Medicare in Its Current Form, Cut Medicare Funding By 76 Precent

According to the Center for Budget and Policy Priorities, “The Ryan proposal would abolish Medicare in its current form for everyone currently below age 55.  In other words, the traditional fee-for-service Medicare program would be eliminated for everyone becoming eligible after 2020…Overall, CBO estimates that the Ryan proposal would reduce projected Medicare expenditures by 37 percent by 2040, and 76 percent by 2080.  (In other words, expenditures for the vouchers that would replace today’s Medicare would, in 2080, equal 24 percent of what Medicare expenditures are projected to be under current law.)  Since the proposal does little to slow the growth of provider charges for health care services or insurance company charges for premiums, most of these reductions in Medicare spending would have to be borne by elderly and disabled beneficiaries themselves or their families.”  [Center for Budget and Policy Priorities, 3/10/10]