Day 464 and Counting: Heather Wilson Refuses To Stand Up To Her Party’s Attacks On Medicare

It’s been 464 days since Republican Senate candidate Heather Wilson refused to take a position on her party’s budget proposal that would end Medicare as we know it and weaken the middle class. New Mexicans want to know: When will Heather Wilson make it clear where she stands?

The Republican budget proposal, crafted by House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, was introduced on April 11, 2011. It calls for radical policy changes that would gut Medicare and force nearly 300,000 New Mexico seniors into a voucher program when they retire. As a result, New Mexico seniors would pay as much as $5,900 more each year for their health care.

After 464 days, Heather Wilson has not come out for or against her party’s budget proposal. “Congresswoman Wilson refuses to say whether she would vote for her Party’s budget that guts Medicare,” said Whitney Potter, a spokeswoman for Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Martin Heinrich. “If Heather Wilson won’t refute conservative attacks on Medicare on the campaign trail, how can she be trusted to stand up to the Republican Tea Party agenda in Washington?”

Martin Heinrich, who been endorsed by the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare, has always fought efforts to privatize Medicare, which would leave seniors to fend for themselves against big insurance companies.

“Generations of seniors have been able to live independently and with dignity because of the safety net provided by Medicare. Martin believes that we must keep the promises we’ve made to our nation’s seniors,” said Potter. “Martin knows that we can and must balance our budget, but he will never agree to doing so on the backs of New Mexico seniors.”