(Letter-to-the-Editor) I recently attended an afternoon meeting with Cathy McMorris Rodgers. The group was largely elderly, as it was three in the afternoon. She told us how bad Obamacare (Affordable Care Act) was and after 40 times of trying to repeal it, she said now they are going to stop the law by defunding it.Surprisingly, some of the attendees seemed supportive of what she said. I can only assume the group of supporters don’t know Cathy’s true beliefs and actions concerning health care and seniors.Cathy McMorris Rodgers supports sweeping cuts to heath care, including Medicare. She supports raising the Medicare age to 67 and wants to turn the Medicare program into a voucher system where seniors get stipends. Medicade would be turned into a block grant program. She also voted to allow health insurance companies to drop or raise the cost of our policies if we get sick and supported allowing insurance companies to deny coverage due to pre-existing conditions.
(Obamacare already prevents insurance companies from denying coverage to children or adults due to pre-existing conditions.) She also voted to make cuts to and privatize Social Security, giving Wall Street access to the money in our program. It’s time we seniors turn up our hearing aids and put on our glasses to see and hear that this woman is definitely not supporting us!
In a letter to constituents Representative Cathy McMorris Rodgers touted her support of the Working Families Flexibility Act of 2013 and how she is in a similar situation as millions of other working moms in this country balancing the demands of a job with the obligations of a family.
The Working Families Flexibility Act of 2013 is not written to truly help families have the flexibility to use their overtime. It does not provide employees the flexibility to use comp time when they need it. There are no provisions for distributing overtime work equally if an employee chooses to be paid for overtime instead of taking comp time.
Congress will only be in session 126 days this year, yet Representative McMorris Rodgers earns $174,000 per year for essentially part time work and enjoys a Congressional staff of more than 20. Her husband has the luxury of staying home to care for their children because he collects a military retirement. It is disingenuous to equate herself with hard working moms who often work 40 – 60 hours a week just to make ends meet. She does NOT feel their pain.
Cathy McMorris Rodgers is now critical of the sequester that slashed billions of dollars across the board in funding for government programs and services including birth control for low income families and air traffic controllers. However, McMorris voted for the sequester. The blogger at thelastofthemillenniums suggests that McMorris is stupidly contradicting herself, and I offer another possibility.
McMorris Getting Orwellian on the Sequester
I am not one to defend Cathy McMorris Rodgers, but I don’t’ believe it was a mistake. I believe it as a calculated rhetorical strategy to shift the blame for the impact of the sequester to the President and away from Republicans. Logically, of course, it makes no sense. How can you be critical of something you just vigorously supported without be a blatant hypocrite? You can’t.
However, it is still an effective rhetorical strategy. Average Americans do not remember who voted for what. All they see is a attractive, middle aged mother of three who was elected to the U.S. House criticizing President Obama for the harmful effects of the sequester.
By the way….US Representative Cathy McMorris-Rodgers voted FOR the sequester cuts but now proudly and stupidly stands in front of the sign proclaiming ‘Obamaquester’.
Cathy McMorris-Rodgers is my US House Representative and also part of the Republican leadership.
And she actually sat there with a straight face and said splitting up the farm bill will ‘speed up the legislative process’….
The only question is does she think we are that stupid or is she that stupid?
I have rocks in my backyard smarter then Cathy McMorris-Rodgers…….
. Local activists went to meet Cathy McMorris-Rodgers and caught her lying about her votes on Medicare. McMorris Rodgers says she voted to save Medicare, but the facts show she voted for a budget that contained devastating cuts to Medicare.
(Update: Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers was an advocate for and voted to enact the sequester. The bill contained budget cuts to vital services including healthcare. Among one of the stupidest budget cuts ever , it “slashed $86 million from family planning and reproductive health care for poor women” and likely to result in thousands of unwanted pregnancies. Republicans are still trying to role back access to birth control, despite the fact that birth control technology is safer and more effective than ever with fewer side effects.)
. The media and blogosphere has been focusing on how Mit Romney running mate Paul Ryan’s budget would end medicare as we know it. Good. People need to know the truth about Paul Ryan. However, they also need to know that most Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives voted for the Ryan budget including Cathy McMorris Rodgers. So did our own Rep. Cathy McMorris-Rodgers. Medicare would work just fine if it had more revenue going into the program.
Rep. Cathy McMorris-Rodgers votes to end Medicare as we know it
Some local Spokane activists got Cathy McMorris-Rodgers on tape trying to deny her involvement in destroying Medicare. Cathy McMorris-Rodgers is not a friend to the elderly.
Below is an email from Democracy for America that explains the national scene for Republicans such as Cathy McMorris-Rodgers. Paul Ryan and his budget to destroy Medicare is not very popular among Americans.
Mitt Romney’s decision to name Paul Ryan as his VP has nationalized Ryan’s radical right-wing budget. Ryan’s plan to turn Medicare into a voucher program is front-page news across the country — and it’s killing House Republicans in their reelection campaigns.
Politico reports House Republicans are so panicked that John Boehner had to schedule a major conference call to calm them down.
So, what’s the Republican plan to counterattack? Lie about Democrats’ plans and try to convince the American public that Republicans are trying to “save” Medicare.
We can’t let them get away with that. They’re running scared and we need to deliver the knockout punch right now. We need to back up our Dean Dozen candidates — our 12 top-tier endorsed candidates — and deliver the resources they need to win.
Ryan’s plan to voucherize Medicare was a huge liability for Republicans — even before Romney named him as VP. Need proof? Just check out these polling numbers we got back last week in four of our Dean Dozen candidates’ districts:
Question: If you were faced with the choice of two candidates — one who supported preserving Medicare and Social Security without any cuts, and one who advocated for transitioning to a privatized voucher system — for whom would you vote?
CA-10 – Voters would vote for the candidate who would preserve Medicare 67-15
CO-06 – Voters would vote for the candidate who would preserve Medicare 59-22
NH-01 – Voters would vote for the candidate who would preserve Medicare 64-18
PA-08 – Voters would vote for the candidate who would preserve Medicare 67-16
Now that Paul Ryan is on the ticket, the Republican plan to voucherize Medicare is a national news story and a huge political loser for House Republicans.
Simply put: Paul Ryan’s plan to turn Medicare into a voucher program puts the House in play.
Stay tuned for more information on Cathy McMorris Rodgers’ efforts to undermine medicare and access to healthcare in general.
(Update: Cathy McMorris Rodgers also actively supported and voted for the sequester, which contained “automatic cuts” to vital services and “slashed $86 million from family planning and reproductive health care for poor women.” This was one of the stupidest budget cuts ever and likely to result in thousands of unwanted pregnancies. Despite the fact that birth control technology has few side effects, Republicans are still trying to role back access to it.)
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