My Congresswoman Says Medicare Needs to be Protected From ‘Socialist’ Schemes.

Else Stefanik is an embarrassment.

Lauren Elizabeth

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As I have mentioned before, I have the misfortune of being represented by none other than Elise Stefanik in congress. The former “moderate” has been rewarded handsomely for making a name for herself during her stunts during Donald Trump’s impeachment hearings, and is now the 3rd ranking GOP member of the House of Representatives. Unfortunately and unsurprisingly, she also happens to be the personification of everything wrong with the Republican party.

Stefanik decided to pay homage to the 56th anniversary of Medicare and Medicaid with a tweet. A tweet that read:

“Today’s Anniversary of Medicare & Medicaid reminds us to reflect on the critical role these programs have played to protect the healthcare of millions of families. To safeguard our future, we must reject Socialist healthcare schemes.”

I went over it three times to process what I had read.

“To safeguard our future, we must reject socialist healthcare schemes…”

I mean, does Stefanik really need to be told that Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security are literally as close to socialist policies that we have here in the United States?

My guess is no, she doesn’t, and yet it was posted to her account anyway.

Frankly, I would be surprised if Stefanik herself sent that tweet. Perhaps she did, but I think it’s far more likely that a staffer or intern did under her name. But why does the GOP feel so comfortable with this brazenly contradictory and deeply unintelligent rhetoric?

Because it is all they have left.

Stefanik and those in her office know that Medicare and Medicaid are socialist policies. But we all know the tried and true tactic of using socialism as a buzzword to get the base riled up, don’t we? The tweet coming from Stefanik’s account was reminiscent of the images of the signs that read: “keep your government hands off of my social security, and equally as demoralizing when considering there…

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Lauren Elizabeth

Lauren is a writer & leftist with analysis on topics related to politics & policy. She can be reached at LaurenMartinchek@gmail.com or Twitter @xlauren_mx