During a candidate’s forum outside Las Vegas on Monday, moderator Jon Ralston asked Chris Edwards, the GOP nominee in Nevada’s 1st congressional district, about what impact the Republican budget would have on those under 55. (Republicans have gone to great lengths to try to exempt those 55 and above from any changes to Medicare.) “Some people will probably feel a little more pain than others,” Edwards acknowledged. “That’s probably going to be unavoidable.”
But, he argued, “if it will straighten out this mess, once and for all, it’s worth doing.”
RALSTON: All you guys running for Congress, for the Senate, want to talk about, “oh, we’re not going to do anything to those 55 and older” because you either mean it or you’re scared of them. I don’t care which one it is. What about someone who’s 52, 53, 54. What about them? Aren’t they shafted in this whole deal?
EDWARDS: If you take a smart approach, I don’t think they have to be shafted. I think that they can be taken care of as well. […] Let’s pick the good course that people can agree to and take it. Some people will probably feel a little more pain than others. That’s probably going to be unavoidable. Frankly, I’m probably going to be one of the people feeling more of the pain. But if it will straighten out this mess, once and for all, it’s worth doing.
If the Republican budget were implemented, it wouldn’t just be those under 55 who would feel pain. Even today’s seniors would be impacted by higher premiums, fewer choices of care providers, or both.