To the Editor:
In a recent campaign mailing I received from my Congressman Erik Paulsen, titled “Getting Results for Minnesota Seniors,” the congressman is pictured discussing issues “including health care and the national debt” with seniors. I wonder if he told the seniors that he co-sponsored the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act that added $1.5 trillion to the national debt and voted three times to repeal the Affordable Care Act that would have left 32 million Americans without health care coverage.
He touts his efforts to repeal a cap on physical therapy, occupational therapy and speech language pathology services under Medicare and quotes AARP’s positive statement on repeal of the cap, but fails to mention that his tax bill will need to take millions of dollars from programs like Medicare to fund the tax cuts for the wealthy and corporations. According to a letter sent to Congressional leadership, AARP CEO Jo Ann C. Jenkins condemned the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act because of the likelihood that it would lead to “dramatic cuts to Medicare, Medicaid and other important programs that serve older Americans.”
Congressman Paulsen can’t be counted on to tell the whole story. His campaign strategy appears to hinge on his constituents never checking his voting record.