Shinagawa will work for all, not just a few

Rep. Tom Reed votes nearly identical to vice presidential hopeful Rep. Paul Ryan. Last March, Reed voted in favor of Ryan’s 2012 Path to Prosperity budget proposal. This plan included repealing Obamacare, cuts to Medicaid and the infamous Medicare voucher program for those born after 1956.

Ryan’s 2013 Path to Prosperity (with Mitt Romney’s endorsement) calls for changes in Medicaid, Medicare and Social Security: The Ryan budget heavily shifts costs to states by cutting Medicaid funding, resulting in 44 million fewer people being covered under Medicaid. Our state income taxes and local property taxes will have to pick up the slack.

The Ryan budget also raises the age of Medicare eligibility from 65 to 67. Senior citizens will have to pay as much as 68 percent of their health care coverage while leaving some uninsured.

The Ryan budget will force Congress to fast-track legislation determining the future of Social Security by expediting consideration within two months of the president submitting legislation. Unprecedented, Ryan’s budget proposal would force the president and Congress into making Social Security solvent in any year Social Security is not in a 75-year balance. Finally, the Ryan plan endorses exclusively only the benefit cuts put forward by Simpson-Bowles. Reed’s voting record favors insurance company profits over human beings.

Nate Shinagawa will represent all of us, not just the few. Vote for Shinagawa on Election Day.

Maureen A. Harding