Matt Doheny Medicare Countdown Clock
On September 21, 2011, Matt Doheny promised that throughout his campaign, he'd talk about specific changes he wanted to make to Medicare. Even with Paul Ryan as the vice presidential nominee, can he go a full year without expressing any substantive opinion on the basic tenets of the Ryan plan? Check back to find out.
- Does Doheny support changing Medicare from a guaranteed benefit to a “premium support” program, in which seniors are forced to buy insurance on the private market with a government voucher?
- Does Doheny support re-opening the Medicare Part D “donut hole,” forcing seniors to pay more for prescription drugs?
- Does Doheny support using the savings achieved by privatizing Medicare to pay for further tax cuts for the wealthy?
Mr. Doheny eluded specifics when asked about his approach to entitlement programs such as Social Security and Medicare, two of the biggest contributors to the national debt.
“Throughout the campaign, we’re going to talk about specific changes,” he said.
The clock is ticking...
"Mr. Doheny wasn’t available for an interview on Tuesday, and an emailed statement to the Times did not address the question of whether Mr. Doheny supports Mr. Ryan’s proposal." [WDT, 8/14/12]
Doheny: Too soon to discuss Medicare restructuring [GFPS, 8/20/12]
"Doheny would not discuss any specifics of his plan." [WNYT, 8/22/12]
"He offered absolutely no details about how he would deal with the Medicare crisis." [ATU, 8/23/12]
"Pressed for a timeline about when Doheny will detail his Medicare reforms, Seymour told the Enterprise that jobs is the number-one issue." [ADE, 8/24/12]
Doheny has zero answers in the AARP voter guide. [WDT, 8/28/12]
Chartock: "Okay, talk to me. Talk to us right now." ...Doheny: "Unfortunately I'm not going to do it [talk about specifics] on your radio program, Alan. No news here." [WAMC, 4:10, 8/28/12]