The Union Leader today published this editorial which highlights Ann Kuster’s pattern of utilizing false and misleading negative attacks. According to the article:
“How can an unpopular member of Congress who has closely aligned herself with an unpopular President hope to beat back a spirited challenger with a message of change and reform? Ruthlessly demonize her.
The article went on to say “a Kuster TV ad says “Garcia would take away a woman’s right to choose.” It says Garcia “voted to ban abortions with no exception for rape or incest. Those are complete falsehoods without a shred of truth to them. And Kuster knows it.
We asked her [Kuster’s] campaign whether it was misleading to portray votes against late-term and partial-birth abortion as votes against “a woman’s right to choose.” Not surprisingly, the campaign did not respond to defend its false claims — because there is no defense.
Kuster is lying to women about women’s issues. If she is doing it on such an easily disproven claim, on what other issues is she doing it?”
An Op-Ed written by Marilinda Garcia appeared in the Union Leader on Tuesday, October 28:
Senior citizens are the pillars of our communities. They’ve built homes, raised children and strengthened our state with their commitment to faith, family and friends. Some, like my grandparents, emigrated here from a foreign country to give their kids a better life. Now, in their golden years, Granite State seniors should have the comfort of knowing they will be secure in their retirement. They should be able to enjoy the fresh mountain air, the cool breezes along the ocean and the warm embrace of their grandchildren.
But because of backward policies coming out of Washington, D.C., that is not the case. Too often, President Obama and members of Congress, like Rep. Ann Kuster, are busy fixing problems that don’t exist while ignoring the problems that are actually troubling American senior citizens.
Rep. Kuster is proud of her support for President Obama’s health care law. But that law has pushed half of New Hampshire’s hospitals “out of network,” preventing residents from accessing their local hospital, putting these hospitals financially at risk. And when hospitals and clinics close, anywhere in the state, that makes it harder for seniors to receive much-needed health care and increases drive times during life-threatening emergencies.
The law also raided Medicare, cutting Medicare Advantage annually by nearly $3,000 per senior in the 2nd Congressional District and increasing out-of-pocket costs for seniors. Many of the 16,000 New Hampshire seniors who are covered by Medicare Advantage plans will lose their coverage and access to their doctors to help pay for this law.
New Hampshire seniors work hard to live on a budget when constrained by fixed incomes. Every increase in household bills or health care costs disproportionately affects them. We’re already seeing an uptick in our energy prices because of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), a state-based cap-and-trade scheme. And as the federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) continues to issue regulations constricting our nation’s power sector, we’re sure to see price spikes (like we did last year during the polar vortex) more often.
We can’t talk about the challenges that seniors face without talking about Social Security, a problem that needs fixing but that Rep. Kuster has ignored. According to the Social Security Board of Trustees, by 2035 taxes collected will pay for only 75 percent of scheduled benefits. Even though this problem is well known, Rep. Kuster and President Obama have done nothing to address it.
Finally, our country’s place in the world has diminished on Rep. Kuster’s watch. She has sat on the sidelines as terrorist threats from ISIS and others have increased, Russian leader Vladimir Putin attacked his neighbors, Syria’s leader used chemical weapons to kill his own citizens, and Ambassador Chris Stevens was killed in Benghazi.
What’s most troubling about this is that so many New Hampshire senior citizens served their country in the armed forces to make America a force for good in the world. They fought in World War II, Korea (including my grandfather) and Vietnam. They stood their post to keep our country and our allies safe and free. But over the past six years, we’ve gone from being the most powerful and respected nation in the world to one that foreign leaders scoff at and ignore. That’s not what New Hampshire veterans sacrificed for.
Thankfully, today’s seniors are able to enjoy longer and more active lives than ever before. They should be able to enjoy this time with their loved ones, doing the things that bring them joy. But because of increasing health care and energy costs and more threats on our country, seniors are living in a time of uncertainty. If elected to serve as a member of Congress, I’ll work to ensure that seniors can see the doctor of their choosing, afford to have the heat on during the winter, and enjoy some time with their children and grandchildren. I’ll work to ensure that our nation brings us opportunity for all.