Richard Carmona Reaffirms His Support For President Obama’s $1.76 Trillion Government-Run Healthcare Law

| October 12 2012
From the Arizona GOP:
Only Republican Congressman Jeff Flake Supports A Full Repeal Of The Healthcare Law

PHOENIX – After being the only Democrat in the entire country to be personally recruited by both President Barack Obama and Senate Democrat Leader Harry Reid, today Richard Carmona reaffirmed his support for their $1.76 trillion government-run healthcare law.
According to reports, Carmona doubled-down on the healthcare law that guts $716 billion from Medicare – including over $9 billion from seniors in Arizona – raises taxes on small business owners and forces every Arizonan to purchase health insurance.
As the Associated Press reports:

  • “Flake cites health care as exhibit A. Flake voted against the Democratic-led effort to expand health insurance coverage and would vote to repeal it if he’s elected. … Carmona’s campaign subsequently made clear he would not vote to repeal the [healthcare] law and would work to improve it, but that doesn’t come through in his pitch to voters.”  (Kevin Freking, Arizona getting to know Carmona in Senate race, Associated Press, 10/8/12)
Notably, Richard Carmona called President Obama “brave” for ramming his $1.76 trillion healthcare bill through the Senate on Christmas Eve.
“Richard Carmona called President Obama ‘brave’ for ramming his healthcare bill through Congress, so it’s no surprise that Carmona continues to support his healthcare law that guts $716 billion from Medicare,” said Arizona Republican Party spokesman Tim Sifert.  “Unlike Democrat Richard Carmona, Republican Congressman Jeff Flake voted against the $1.76 trillion healthcare bill and will fight to repeal this job-killing law.”  
BACKGROUND…

President Barack Obama & Richard Carmona’s Healthcare Law Cuts $716 Billion From Medicare

According To The Nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office, Obamacare Cuts $716 Billion From Medicare. (Congressional Budget Office, Letter To Speaker John Boehner, 7/24/12)

  • President Obama’s Senior Campaign Aide Has Bragged That President Obama “Achieved” $700 Billion In “Cuts In Medicare.” CUTTER: “Well, you know ask the wealthy to pay a little bit more. Cut waste from the government. Reform Medicare. More than $300 billion in savings from Medicare. On top of the savings we’ve already achieved. You know I heard Mitt Romney deride the $700 billion cuts in Medicare that the president achieved through health care reform.” (CBS’s “Face The Nation,” 8/12/12)

Over The Next 10 Years, ObamaCare Will Cut $11.8 Billion From Medicare Plans That Arizona Seniors Rely On For Their Health Care Needs. (Robert A. Book and Michael Ramlet, “What Is The Regional Impact Of The Medicare Fee-For-Service And Medicare Advantage Payment Reductions,” University Of Minnesota’s Carlson School Of Management, 9/12)

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