Thursday, July 5, 2012

Duckworth Responds To Walsh, Cites His Opposition To Medicare

Tammy Duckworth, Democratic challenger to Rep. Joe Walsh (R-IL), responded to the latter's implication that she's not a "true hero" since she talks too much about her military experience. Lieutenant Colonel Duckworth, who lost both legs when her helicopter was hit by Iraqi insurgents, said that she speaks about her service in relation to her support for Medicare, which Walsh, a Tea Party favorite, has voted against repeatedly. VoteVets, a veterans group, has condemned Walsh's comments and called for his resignation. Listen to Duckworth's response as she speaks to MSNBC's Martin Bashir:

DUCKWORTH: If anybody highlights my military service, it’s Mr. Walsh, who actually attacked it on a regular basis. Yes, my wounds do inform my discussions with the constituents when I talk about health care. I know very deeply, in a deeply personal way, what access to affordable health care means, so when he votes against Medicare for our seniors not once, but three times, he’s voting against the people of the district. So yes, I talk about the fact that had I not had the great health care that I have from the VA [Veterans Administration], I would probably be bankrupt and that’s why we need to make sure we preserve Medicare as we know it.


Michael The Molar Maven said...

How many senior citizens, who enjoy the benefits of Medicare, would "sacrifice" their coverage for what the Tea Party supporters believe to be in the best interest of all? Senior citizens control most of the wealth of this country. Isn't it rather intuitive that the rest of the country, who might not have the financial means to obtain excellent benefits, deserves the same coverage as our senior? The overarching problem as I see it is that health care is treated as a privilege when it should be a right. And, yes, there are ways that we can afford it.

Jeff Tone said...

Actually, many Tea Party supporters don't want to give up their Medicare! That's a glaring contradiction, but it benefits them.

Health care is a right. I believe it's a profound perversion of values to view it as a privilege. Of course Medicare for all is more affordable. Every other Western democracy enjoys universal health care. We pay the most due to the wasteful costs of private insurance and do not necessarily get the best care.