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Foster Stands Up for Seniors, Votes to Override Bush's Veto of Medicare Bill

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By voting to override a Presidential veto, Rep. Bill Foster (IL-14) today stood up to the President and insurance companies to protect health care for seniors and those living with disabilities. In a bipartisan effort, Rep. Foster joined all 16 other members voting from Illinois Delegation to override the veto.

"The President again illustrated that he is out of touch with the needs of Americans by vetoing a critical, bipartisan bill that improves Medicare and allows seniors to continue to visit the doctors they know and trust," Foster said. "I am proud to stand today with Democrats and Republicans alike to overturn the President's veto of a bill that puts seniors first while also strengthening Medicare," Foster said.

Shortly after the House vote, the Senate overrode the veto as well.

H.R. 6331, the Medicare Improvements for Patients and Providers Act, will strengthen Medicare, prevent a 10.6% pay-cut to doctors and ensure that beneficiaries, particularly seniors and those living in rural areas, retain access to their own doctors. The House and Senate have both previously passed the legislation with veto-proof majorities.

"I commend my colleagues for taking decisive action in a bipartisan way to override this misguided veto. Today we have secured an important victory for seniors and those living with disabilities."

The bill is supported by over 150 organizations, including the American Medical Association, AARP, Leadership Council of Aging Organizations, National Council on Aging, American Legion, National Rural Health Association, Mental Health America and National Association of Chain Drug Stores.


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