Congressman ‘RunAway’ Rod Blum voted today in favor of House Republican tax plan that cuts $25 billion from Medicare, according to the Congressional Budget Office, to help pay for significant tax cuts to the wealthiest Americans, and removes health coverage from 13 million.
“It’s no wonder Rod Blum is on the run from his constituents,” said Sue Dinsdale, executive director of Iowa Alliance for Retired Americans. “He’s voted to take away our health care, and today voted to undercut the coverage of more than half a million in Iowa who rely on Medicare. RunAway Rod is out of touch with the values of our state, and he won’t even take the time to talk to Iowans face to face. We deserve better from our Congressman.”
“This tax plan is not helping Iowa's small businesses owners, farmers and the self employed. I need more customers more than anything. Eliminating the deduction for state and local tax takes money directly out of the pockets of our customers. And the claim that tax cuts for big businesses and the wealthy will spur economic growth is built on the myth of the same trickle-down economics plan that hasn’t worked in the past. I’m not sure why they think it will work now,” said ReShonda Young, Main Street Alliance of Iowa leader and owner of Popcorn Heaven in Waterloo.
Blum has repeatedly voted to repeal the Affordable Care Act, taking away health coverage from millions of Americans and thousands of Iowans. As constituents increasingly have spoken out against these votes, ‘RunAway’ Rod Blum refuses to hold public town hall meetings. It has been 189 days since his last town hall.
CBO: House GOP tax plan triggers $25 billion in Medicare cuts
New York Times: Republican tax plans put corporations over people
Washington Post: In political gamble, GOP gives permanent tax cuts to corporations, but not people
Kaiser Family Foundation: 571,956 Medicare beneficiaries in Iowa
RunAway Rod Blum's Last Town Hall, May 11 (189 days ago)