Dr. Monica Wehby: Campaign updates

Dr Monica Wehby_thb

Dr. Monica Wehby For U.S. Senate

Another Broken Promise From Jeff Merkley

Portland, OR: Last Friday, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services announced that seniors in Oregon will face another major cut to their Medicare Advantage benefits. Jeff Merkley promised our seniors that wouldn’t happen. This is the latest in a long litany of promises Jeff Merkley has made about the ACA that simply are not true.

From Jeff Merkley’s U.S. Senate Website about the impact of Obamacare on seniors:

Q: I’ve heard that there are going to be cuts to Medicare Advantage.  I receive health coverage through Medicare Advantage and I’m afraid of losing my benefits.  Are the proposed cuts going to hurt my coverage?
A: Before I get into details, I want to be clear that if you’re already enrolled in a Medicare Advantage plan, nothing will change.

Despite warnings to the contrary, Jeff Merkley promised our seniors that their benefits would not be affected by the hundreds of billions of dollars he voted to take away from Medicare in order to fund Obamacare. Yet, for the300,465 seniors in Oregon who depend on Medicare Advantage (43% of all Medicare enrolees in Oregon, the 2nd highest percentage in the nation) that promise has not been kept. Worse, in 2010 Jeff Merkley had the opportunity to protect our seniors from having their Medicare Advantage benefits cut. Instead, he voted to kill a measure that would have prevented those cuts from taking place.

Recently, after enormous political pressure he signed onto a letter requesting to right the wrong that he created in the first place. Oregonians deserve better. They deserve a U.S. Senator who gets things right the first time. As a pediatric neurosurgeon, Dr. Monica Wehby doesn’t have the luxury of a do-over. We could use a little more of that attitude in Washington, D.C.

Statement from Dr. Monica Wehby:
“The problem with passing a massive takeover of the health care system is that the unintended consequences stack up faster than they can be fixed. The reduction of Medicare Advantage benefits for our seniors is just the latest example of why the ACA is bad law and must be replaced. That’s why last Fall, I put forward a patient centered, market based replacement plan for Obamacare that doesn’t rely on making our seniors pay for the Democrats’ flawed health care agenda.

As a doctor I’ve been trained to think about things logically — to use common sense. As Oregon’s U.S. Senator, I promise never to put party ideology ahead of the well-being of our state’s seniors.”

Another great week on the campaign

Last week was another great week on the campaign.

I am honored and humbled to have Senator Tom Coburn endorse my candidacy.

“Dr. Wehby possesses the skill set, expertise, and life experience by which to make sound decisions to be effective and influential in the U.S. Senate. Her leadership and problem solving abilities are exactly what Washington needs.”

– U.S. Senator Tom Coburn, M.D.

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Just last week a columnist at the Oregonian labeled me the “Frontrunner” in the race. Click here to read the article.

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Salem Reception – Thursday, February 27th – 6:30pm – Click here for the full invitation with additional details

Roseburg Reception – Friday, February 28th – 6:00pm – Click here for the full invitation with additional details

NW Portland Reception – Tuesday, March 11th – 6:00pm – Click here for the full invitation with additional details

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