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Public Statements

Health Care

Floor Speech

Location: Washington, DC

Mr. FRELINGHUYSEN. Mr. Speaker, as the House majority debates with itself in secret on the future of health care, the American people are justified and worried about what is being discussed behind those closed doors.

As I always do, I have spent months listening to seniors across my district, and they are particularly concerned about how so-called "reform'' will affect their Medicare and the medical care on which they rely every day.

Let me tell you, they are wise. They know that the so-called "Medicare savings'' that are proposed to pay for the Speaker's $1 trillion reform bill sounds an awful lot like Medicare cuts to them. In fact, there are $500 billion in cuts to Medicare over 10 years in the bill, cuts that affect them, the doctors that treat them, and the hospitals who care for them.

Specifically, the majority plans to slash the Medicare Advantage program by more than $120 billion. Experts believe that nearly 3 million seniors will be thrown off Medicare Advantage and millions more will pay out-of-pocket expenses or face reduced benefits. We can't let this happen.

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