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Seniors Deserve a Medicare Birthday Present
31 July 2015 - 9:31am
Republicrat Patrick Murphy is Attacking Me
28 July 2015 - 10:56am
What I Told Fox News About Medicare
28 July 2015 - 10:55am
My Democratic Opponent is an Errand Boy for Wall Street
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31 July 2015 - 9:10pm

This is a fundraising post. Seriously. If youtap on the underlined text, you will be magically transported, via quantum tunneling, to a webpage where you can contribute to our campaign. 

Why? Well, it’s the end of the month. 

And this Senate campaign requires us to reach 19,000,000 people. 

So we need your help – plain and simple. 

You saw the title. So you can’t say that we didn’t warn you. 

Thanks. 

Courage, 

Rep. Alan Grayson
Candidate for the U.S. Senate

Seniors Deserve a Medicare Birthday Present
31 July 2015 - 9:31am

Between Monday night and Wednesday night this week – just 48 hours – an amazing 76 Members of Congress agreed to be “original co-sponsors” on my bill to extend Medicare to cover vision, hearing and dental needs. It’s called the “Seniors Have Eyes, Ears and Teeth Act.” I introduced the bill, HR 3308, last night. For more, this is from today’s Palm Beach Post: 

Fifty years ago this week, President Lyndon Johnson signed the law that created Medicare and Medicaid — the most important health care programs in our country’s history, prior to the Affordable Care Act. With one stroke of his pen, Johnson guaranteed both poor Americans and older Americans the right to high-quality, affordable medical treatment. 

Thanks to Medicare, for 50 years now, our seniors have received the health care that they’ve needed to stay healthy and live a full life. Since Medicare was enacted, the poverty rate among seniors has dropped almost two-thirds; American women’s life expectancy has increased by five years; and American men’s life expectancy has increased by eight years. More than 3 million Floridians, including 254,000 residents of Palm Beach County, are enjoying the benefits of thishealth-saving, life-saving program. 

But despite this success, there are gaps in Medicare coverage that need to be closed. The most glaring gap is the fact that Medicare does not provide basic medical coverage for seniors’ eyes, ears and teeth. It’s as though Medicare assumes that seniors don’t need to see, hear or chew. 

We’re not talking about exotic, high-tech treatments; we’re talking about no Medicare coverage for eyeglasses, eye exams, hearing aids, and cavity fillings and dentures. We’re talking about no coverage for medical conditions that lead to blindness, deafness, lost teeth and serious gum disease, which has been strongly linked to heart disease. It is unthinkable that we deny our seniors coverage for this elementary level of care. 

There are 2.7 million seniors in America who are blind. How many of them would be able to see today if they had received a simple annual eye exam as part of their Medicare coverage? 

Vision loss is gradual imprisonment, with no possibility of parole — no driving, no cooking, no entertainment, and, ultimately, no communication. That isolation not only steals our seniors’ independence, it also relegates the responsibilities of basic care onto busy loved ones and friends. 

Vision loss also increases the likelihood of accidents and accidental injury and death. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates direct annual medical costs for older American adults with vision impairment at more than $8 billion. 

Medicare is a promise that we make to ourselves, the young to the old, one generation to the next. The promise is that after you reach your 65th birthday, your medical needs will be met. To keep that promise, our seniors have paid into the system for as much as half a century before they receive a single earned benefit. They deserve the best care that we can provide for them. 

This week, to honor the 50th anniversary of this lifesaving program we call Medicare, I am introducing the “Seniors Have Eyes, Ears, and Teeth Act.” This bill will amend Title XVIII, the Medicare provision of the Social Security Act, to repeal the arbitrary exclusion from Medicare coverage of eyeglasses, eye exams, hearing aids, hearing exams and dental care. Two short lines in the U.S. Code have barred that coverage for 50 years; we simply delete those lines. Congress should enact this quick, easy and necessary reform. 

Medicare should provide health coverage for every part of your body. More than 50 million Americans enjoy Medicare coverage. To celebrate the 50th anniversary of Medicare, let’s guarantee to 50 million Americans the health care that they need. 

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Is this the kind of fair and honest reform that you’d like to see? Not just “preserving” Medicare, but improving it? Then support our campaign for the Senate today, before our end of the month deadline. Thanks! 

Courage, 

Rep. Alan Grayson
Candidate for the U.S. Senate

Republicrat Patrick Murphy is Attacking Me
28 July 2015 - 10:56am

If you’ve been following the race to replace Marco Rubio in the Senate lately, you know that former Republican Patrick Murphy has gone on the attack.Murphy, who was a Republican for his whole life until a month before he ran for Congress – Murphy, who contributed $2300 to Mitt Romney’s campaign – Murphy is claiming that a real Democrat like me cannot win statewide in Florida. So we Democrats have no choice but to nominate a fake one like him. 

Patrick, have you heard of Barack Obama? He’s won Florida, twice. You can look it up. 

Oh, and two different polls show me beating the GOP candidates in the general election. 

What’s Murphy’s real motivation? Maybe it’s because today, the fourth poll in a row came out showing me beating him in the Democratic Primary. Or maybe it’s because in the first 24 hours after I told you about my decision to run for Senate, we received contributions from more than 1,000 individuals. 

Maybe Republicrat Patrick Murphy is attacking me because he can’t obviously talk about his plan for “across the board” cuts to Social Security or Medicare, or his votes to weaken the Dodd-Frank Wall Street reform law (in exchange for lots and lots of PAC contributions, of course). Maybe he’s slinging mud because he doesn’t want anyone to notice that the lobbyists and special interests he dials every day, to get them to dump money into his campaign coffers, are the same uber-rich elites that that have stacked the deck in Washington, DC against everyday people like you. He gets along well with them, because he’s one of them. 

Do you want to talk to Patrick Murphy about some issue that’s important to you? No problem. Just bring along a $10,000 check. 

You’ve heard the phrase “time is money”? Well, Patrick Murphy’s time is your money. 

Whatever Murphy’s reasons are, one thing is clear: With powerful special interests behind him, we know that he’ll have plenty of money for his campaign. And he’s used that money to hire a “communications team” dedicated to smearing me, 24/7. That’s their full-time job: slinging mud at me. It’s outrageous. 

But I’m not worried. Murphy may have Big Money behind him, but I’ve got you. Grassroots progressives like you are the heart and soul of the Democratic Party. You are the ones who lick envelopes, knock on doors, and do the hard work that helps Democrats win. 

So I need your help. 

I’m running for the Senate because deepening inequality is choking off opportunity for almost everyone. We must expand Social Security and Medicare, becauseseniors deserve a raise. We need to make sure every American can attend college without racking up outrageous debt, because education is the key to being all that you can be. 

In order to win in the general election, in order to be fair to the voters and give them a real choice, the winner of this Democratic Primary must draw a contrast between what we believe and what Republicans believe. With me, what you see is what you get. But the contrast between Republicrat Patrick Murphy and Republicans is like the contrast between khaki and ecru, or Diet Coke, Coke Light and Coke Zero. It barely exists. Murphy and the GOP nominee would be just two more candidates who want to cut the law into little pieces, and then auction it off to the highest bidder. 

Here’s a real contrast for you. Unlike my opponent, I am unbought and unbossed. That’s why I need your help, and that’s why I deserve it. 

Courage, 

Rep. Alan Grayson
Candidate for the U.S. Senate 

What I Told Fox News About Medicare
28 July 2015 - 10:55am

By coincidence, the same day that Jeb Bush was caught saying that Medicare needs to be “phased out,” I was on Fox News Radio with national host Alan Colmes, talking about Medicare and Social Security. Our discussion went quite differently, though. Listen to this specific blueprint for how toimprove Medicare and Social Security: 

COLMES: I’m Alan Colmes. I’m always happy to welcome to our microphones Congressman Alan Grayson, representing Florida’s 9th district in Congress, and now seeking the seat of Marco Rubio in the Senate. Mr. Grayson, thanks for coming on the program tonight. 

GRAYSON: Thanks for having me on. As one Alan to another, thank you very much… . 

COLMES: All right, let’s talk about some serious issues here with Alan Grayson, who is seeking the Senate seat that is now controlled by Marco Rubio. What are your plans for Social Security and Medicare? Those are the things I know that are very important in your state of Florida and they’re important nationally. It seems like those governors who expanded Medicaid coverage are the ones that are doing better by their constituency in terms of the ACA. 

GRAYSON: Well, it’s very simple. Seniors deserve a raise. That’s what it comes down to. Seniors have been cheated now for decades, because of the way we miscalculate these cost of living adjustments. They fall further and further behind every year. That has to change. We have to make up for some of the losses they have incurred just by remaining alive and living through these miscalculations, year after year and month after month. The [adjustments] should be calculated on the basis of what seniors are actually spending their money on and not on the basis of some skewed CPI thing that the government comes up with that has nothing to do with how seniors spend their money. Does it really matter how college tuition changes if you’re a senior and you don’t have a child in school and you’re not in school? Does it really matter? Of course not. It’s like the tree that falls in the forest and nobody hears it. Beyond that, Medicare also has to be expanded. We make a promise to seniors that we’re going to take care of them and their health in their old age, and somehow we exclude their eyes, their ears, and their teeth. 

COLMES: Yeah. 

GRAYSON: That’s never made any sense to me. It just doesn’t make any sense. So I’m proposing three specific things in regard to seniors. First, expand Medicare to include eyes, ears, and teeth. Secondly, we expand the cost of living adjustment to be fair to them and to help to give them back some of what they’ve lost over the years. And third, we eliminate the double taxation of Social Security. You pay taxes on Social Security when you pay into the system, and then you pay taxes again when it pays out to you. And let me tell you something – Democrats, Republicans, Independents, everyone‘s upset about that. 

COLMES: So does Social Security need to be saved? Is there a problem with it? 

GRAYSON: I have drafted a bill that makes Social Security solvent until the end of time. 

COLMES: Until the end of time? 

GRAYSON: Until the end of time, at least according to the people who actually evaluate these things on behalf of the government. It’s very simple. We have to – you’ve heard the term before – “scrap the cap.” We scrap the cap, and make sure that everyone pays equal amounts of their income into the system. Not even a progressive amount, just an equal amount. We stop zeroing out people once they get to $125,000 of income each year. [That makes Social Security] solvent forever. 

COLMES: What about raising the [retirement] age? 

GRAYSON: My goodness, well what’s the need for that? If we have a system that’s solvent forever, why would we want to cheat seniors [that way]? People pay into the system for 40 years. Why would we want to change the rules? 

COLMES: Because people are living longer, you know. People are. Is 65 even a reasonable age at which people should retire at this point? 

GRAYSON: I would say so. I know plenty of seniors in Florida, and I will tell you that you reach a point when you simply can’t work any longer. You can’t work. You’re too frail. Regardless of the fact that you’re still alive, that doesn’t mean that you can show up for work at 8 o’clock in the morning, and operate a pneumatic drill. There’s plenty of work that seniors simply are [physically] unable to do. And, in fact, 1/3 of seniors get no income at all except for Social Security. So what are we going to do? Force those people to work until they die? … . 

COLMES: I appreciate your coming on the program. Obviously this will be a campaign we’ll be watching, and I always appreciate your graciousness and goodwill to come on this show, Congressman Grayson, and I thank you for your time tonight. 

If you want someone who will be a champion not just for “preserving” Social Security and Medicare, but improving them, you’ve found one. Support our campaign today. 

Courage, 

Rep. Alan Grayson
Candidate for the U.S. Senate 

P.S. In Thursday’s e-mail, I quoted John Waite’s song “Missing You.” When I took three of my kids out to lunch today, the first song playing in the restaurant was “Missing You.” What are the odds? Just sayin’. 

My Democratic Opponent is an Errand Boy for Wall Street
28 July 2015 - 10:55am

This week marks the five-year anniversary of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act.It’s a bill that I worked on and I supported because it’s a step in the right direction, even though it doesn’t always go far enough to protect Americans from predatory banking, more bailouts (which I voted against) and another Wall Street crash. 

I think you feel the same way. That’s why I’m asking you to support my campaign for U.S. Senate. I promise you that I’ll keep fighting to make sure that American taxpayers never again have to bail out the Fat Cats on Wall Street! 

I’ve already crossed swords with Wall Street, and won. In 2009, I introduced a bill to prevent Wall Street from using bailout money for bonuses. The House of Representatives passed the Grayson “Pay for Performance Act” – in nine days. 

My “Democratic” opponent in the Florida primary can’t make that same claim. Not so long ago, Rep. Patrick Murphy (or “Trick,” as we call him) was a Republican. But that’s not the only reason why we refer to him as a quotation-marks “Democrat.” There are some Republicans, like Ron Paul, who have stood up to Wall Street. Alas, that’s not the case with “Trick” Murphy. But you don’t have to take my word for it. Just look at his record coddling Wall Street, handing them the dice to gamble with our money, and relentlessly undermining America’s financial safety. 

The “Volcker Rule,” created by former Fed Chair Paul Volcker, is a key element of that safety. It separates investment gambling from normal banking. In January, Rep. Murphy voted to delay the implementation of the Volcker Rule until 2019.He failed. Thankfully, that rule, which stops banks from making risky bets with savings deposit money, took effect this week! 

“Trick” Murphy also co-sponsored a bill to invite mortgage companies to charge higher fees to consumers. 

Murphy also wrote a letter to Labor Secretary Thomas Perez to attacking a regulation that would protect contributors to retirement funds from unscrupulous and greedy investment “advice.” 

Let me put this as simply as possible. A vote for Murphy is a vote for Wall Street greed, and a vote for another Great Crash. And if you suffered in any way following the Crash of ‘08, then I urge you to protect yourself, and join me in the fight to prevent it from happening again. 

Time and time again, Rep. Murphy has sided with Wall Street against Main Street. Why? You know why: $$$$$$, and lots of it. But more on that later. 

In the meantime, please just understand that my vote is not for sale!Contributions to our campaign from people like you give me the independence to stand up to Wall Street, and do what’s right. 

Please support my campaign for justice, equality and peace. Become a “Grayson Sustainer” and pledge to give $20.16, $50 or $100 a month now. Every dollar helps. 

Courage, 

Rep. Alan Grayson
Candidate for the U.S. Senate 

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