First District Congressman Dan Benishek has recently concluded visits to ‘100 small businesses in a 100 days’ tour and is currently on a “House Calls with Dr. Dan,” tour of Northern Michigan. Thursday, the Michigan Nurses Association, in a press release, urged him to “take a break from campaigning and hold public town hall meetings.”
The MNA wants Benishek to discuss his votes on Medicare. Michigan Citizen Action and Protect Your Care Michigan joined the nurses in demanding that Benishek, who is in Florida this week for the National Republican Convention, listen to the concerns of his constituents at home.
Mark Hebert, an ER/ICU nurse and Michigan Nurses Association member who works at War Memorial Hospital in Sault Ste. Marie said, “If the Benishek-Ryan plan succeeds, even more patients will put off doctor visits, skip their medications and ignore illnesses until it’s too late. People will endanger their health and even their lives, just so insurance companies and millionaires can get richer. Dr. Benishek calls this saving Medicare. I call it putting my patients’ lives at risk.”
Dr. Benishek for Congress Communications Director Raffi Williams issued the following statement on Benishek’s behalf, “Dr. Dan has always had an open door policy and looks forward to discussing pertinent issues with his constituents and groups like these.”
Williams also included information on Benishek’s summer of constituent meetings: in August, the Congressman held seven town halls, four of which were with Governor Snyder and two with seniors and about Medicare. Williams said Benishek is constantly doing all he can to make sure that he is hearing from his constituents.
Benishek met Thursday at Lake Superior Nursery in Houghton and Van Straten Brothers, Inc., a metal fabrication shop in Baraga, as part of the “House calls with Dr. Dan” tour of Northern Michigan.
Details on Congressman Benishek’s voting record and issue position are available online at http://benishek.house.gov/. The nurses have an online petition urging “Dr. Dan” to keep his promise to constituents and protect Medicare, not millionaires. The petition, video and more information are available at www.doctordansdeadlyplan.com.