Sundquist Blasts Rep. Reed About Possible Medicare Cuts

JAMESTOWN – Congressional candidate Eddie Sundquist (D) is taking Congressman Tom Reed (R) to the woodshed over possible cuts to Medicare in the latest tax plan.

Sundquist said, in a recent release, that reports are indicating the cuts to Medicare could be up to $25 billion per year. Beyond the $25 Billion that could be cut from Medicare under the tax bill being considered, House Speaker Paul Ryan has said in an interview this month that his targets for cuts in 2018 are Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security. The most recent estimates show that over 3.3 million New Yorkers rely on Medicare, Sundquist said.

Sundquist said Reed will be holding three town halls this weekend, including Saturday in Kennedy at 9 a.m., to address constituents, and needs to face questions on these cuts to New York families.

“Unfortunately, it has become clear that Tom Reed and Republicans in Congress are willing to turn their backs on their constituents in order to pay for a cut to the wealthiest Americans,” Sundquist charged. “Medicare provides critical services to families here in the Southern Tier and Finger Lakes region, and without it, many would go without the essential healthcare they need to live healthy lives. I urge Congressman Reed to reconsider his position and promise if cuts to Medicare are in the final bill, he will vote no. I will be attending Rep. Reed’s town halls on Saturday to ask him to do the right thing.”

WNYNewsNow will be in attendance for Saturday’s town hall in Kennedy.