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Ed Christensen, Bismarck, Published August 04 2012

Berg votes show his clear intent

I’d like to counter the notion that Rep. Rick Berg, R.-N.D., would “never do anything to hurt Social Security or Medicare” as his numerous ads are claiming. His actions suggest that he’s keeping his options open on that front.

In 2005, when the North Dakota Legislature voted on a resolution to “maintain the stability of Social Security” and “forgo any effort to privatize,” Berg voted “no.” Since being in Congress, he has repeatedly voted for the Ryan budget plan, which would change Medicare into a selection of private and traditional health plans with seniors getting a premium support payment to apply to the premium of the plan of their choice – essentially a voucher system. Traditional Medicare will be available as an option, but at significantly higher premiums.

That doesn’t sound like the Medicare system that’s keeping our seniors healthy and out of poverty.

None of it sounds like someone looking out for Social Security and Medicare.