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April 8, 2014

In Your Opinion: Gibson is far from moderate

The Daily Star

---- — Congressman Gibson is not a moderate. 

Prior to being elected, Chris Gibson signed Grover Norquist’s no-tax pledge. If elected, Democratic candidate Sean Eldridge will vote to increase revenues by taxing those who have benefitted the most, if necessary. 

Rep. Gibson voted to eliminate Title X funding for family planning and teen pregnancy prevention. He voted to allow insurance companies to once again discriminate against women by charging them higher premiums and deny care because of so-called pre-existing conditions, such as pregnancy. He voted to redefine rape as “forcible rape” only, which would exclude statutory rape and women who were drugged or verbally threatened.

Gibson voted to repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Health Care Act over 51 times, but offers no alternative to lowering health care costs.

Paul Ryan’s budget passed the House with Rep. Gibson and 234 Republicans voting in favor of a Medicare overhaul. The plan, Gibson voted for would have required our government to no longer directly pay health care bills for senior citizens. Instead, recipients would choose a plan from a list of private providers, which the federal government would subsidize.

Gibson joined House Republicans in shutting down our government in 2013, and last February, Gibson wasn’t one of the 28 House Republicans that crossed party lines and voted with Democrats to avoid another government shutdown by raising the debt ceiling.

Gibson is a climate change denier who cares more about oil industry profits than about the health of our children and grandchildren. His voting record on environmental issues is 17 percent, and he wants to abolish the Environmental Protection Agency, and give fossil fuel corporations free rein to pollute our air and water. Gibson ran on a platform of “eliminating onerous regulations,” and doesn’t care about health-destroying pollution.

Jim O’Leary