Believe Them The First Time
Let’s meet Don Bolduc, New Hampshire’s GOP Senate nominee:
Don Bolduc, New Hampshire’s GOP Senate nominee, who advocated privatizing Medicare during a campaign town hall in early August, according to a recording of the event obtained by POLITICO.
Bolduc’s comments came in response to a woman who said she was a nurse and complained about Medicare and Medicaid, arguing they were worsening outcomes for elderly patients and hamstringing medical professionals. Bolduc volunteered that he frequently speaks about how major reform is necessary for the government-sponsored health insurance programs for seniors and people with low incomes.
“The privatization is hugely important,” the retired army general told the audience in the town of Pembroke on Aug. 2. “Getting government out of it, getting government money with strings attached out of it.”
Now, if Bolduc’s assertion seems familiar to you, it might be because Republicans have been saying this since at least the Reagan Years, and in fact, a key plank that Floriduh Senator Rick Scott included in the official Republican Senate Campaign Committee —much to amply be-chinned Mitch McConnell’s dismay for saying it aloud— calls for sunsetting the popular program (and Social Security). I suppose like all good Nazis, he could say he was only following orders, but his campaign staff leaped into the mess with buckets and mops:
In a statement, Bolduc spokesperson Jimmy Thompson walked back Bolduc’s comments, saying the candidate now opposes privatizing Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security.
“Having served 10 tours of combat in Afghanistan, General Bolduc relies on his health care from the VA,” Thompson said in an email. “He knows first-hand how important its services are to veterans, and he believes that every American who is eligible should be able to rely on the benefits they have paid into it, including Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security.”
Thompson added that Bolduc “will oppose any effort to privatize these programs.”
“Trust him,” Thompson didn’t add with a Grinch-like smile. “Would he lie to you?”