Allen West defends his vote to replace Medicare with vouchers at yet another town hall, this time admitting how he really feels about the program that’s so important to his Palm Beach constituents.
WPTV in Boca Raton captured the action:
BOCA RATON, Fla. – If those opposed to U.S. Rep. Allen West have their way, the 2012 election will be fought on his recent vote to privatize Medicare starting in 2023.
They got loud during a town hall meeting the congressman held Wednesday night in Boca Raton.
To see the story that aired on WPTV, click “Video” in the upper left hand side of the screen.
The man designated to read questions from audience members read one word a lot: “Medicare.”
And if you know Congressman Allen West and what he thinks of Medicare, the program that delivers health care to 38 million seniors and that national polls say is largely supported, his response was what you’d expect.
“I gotta tell you something: if you support Medicare the way it is now, you can kiss the United States of America goodbye,” said West.
The town hall featured still more people being tossed out for trying to ask questions, since West has now refashioned his town halls, by designating a question reader. Daniel Tilson has more on the “fix”:
The vote to end Medicare is arguably the single most important political event so far this year. Democrats should continue to make Republicans pay for it, every day, the way their constituents are making them pay at every town hall.
Meanwhile, once the recess is over, Senate Republicans will get a taste of what the House is going through, when Sen. Harry Reid puts the Paul Ryan vouchercare plan to a vote in the upper chamber.
I wonder where Florida’s tea party Senator Marco Rubio will wind up on that vote. And what about the guys who’d like to have Sen. Bill Nelson’s job: Mike Haridopolos, George LeMieux, Adam Hasner, what say you?
TRR will look into that one on Friday.