JAN SCHNEIDER DISAGREES WITH VERN BUCHANAN ON ISSUES VITAL TO THE PEOPLE OF THE 16TH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT

Our incumbent Congressman, Vern Buchanan (R-Longboat Key), has repeatedly taken positions that contrary to the interests of constituents in the Florida 16th Congressional District. To give a few examples:

SOCIAL SECURITY: Representative Buchanan has repeatedly voted for Ryan Budgets that would “privatize” or partially privatize Social Security. In Florida CD16, there are nearly 225,000 current Social Security beneficiaries (close to 200,000 of whom are age 65 and older). In other words, almost one-third of the residents of the district receive Social Security payments. These bring over $3.6 billion into CD16 each year. Think what would have happened during the recent recession if this “safety net” had been privatized.

MEDICARE: The same Ryan Budgets supported by Rep. Vern Buchanan provided for turning Medicare into a “premium support” (a/k/a “voucher”) system and for raising the age of eligibility from 65 to 67. The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office has estimated that such support payments/vouchers would cover only about 40 percent of Medicare premiums and out-of- pocket expenses for the typical senior would be more than twice as great as projected under Original Medicare by 2022. Since CD16 has in recent years ranked as high as second among all the Congressional Districts in the country in terms of age, Medicare is crucial here.

AFFORDABLE CARE ACT: Rep. Buchanan has also joined the Republican majority in voting more than 60 times to repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010. The ACA is unwieldy, excessively expensive and in need of reform (particularly as to the small business mandate). Nevertheless, it has resulted in an estimated reduction by 20 million of adults without health insurance. Moreover, the United States remains the only wealthy, industrialized country without a comprehensive national health insurance or healthcare system. We deserve better (and many of us hope Obamacare will ultimately evolve into a single-payer system).

WOMEN: With regard to women’s health, Rep. Vern Buchanan (R-Longboat Key) is not only anti-choice. He has also seized every occasion to vote to defund Planned Parenthood and to deprive women of vital healthcare services. He even voted “yea” for a bill providing federal funding to combat the Zika virus, but barring Planned Parenthood from receiving funds for Zika-related reproductive health services.

LGBTQ: Rep. Buchanan has also voted against the LGBTQ community. He even cast a “nay” vote on an amendment to ban payments to government contractors who discriminate against LGBT employees.

TRUMP: Rep. Buchanan also rushed to endorse Donald Trump as soon as Mr. Trump became the “presumptive” Republican presidential nominee. Many consider Mr. Trump a racist, sexist, xenophobic demagogue. Even the two most recent Republican former presidents, George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush, have declined to endorse him.