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Fighting to Preserve Medicare for our Seniors


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The Republicans are looking to forget the fact that they voted for a harmful budget with irresponsible cuts. We Democrats will not let our colleagues forget that vote.

I voted against the Republican budget, which ends Medicare as we know it and replaces it with a voucher system, increasing seniors' costs and reducing benefits for all those currently under age 55. The plan ends the guaranteed coverage seniors paid for, and instead puts them at the mercy of private insurance companies, more than doubling a typical senior's out-of-pocket costs. In addition, the plan ends free preventative care, a smart attempt to proactively avoid complications and costs down the road.

I spoke about these types of cuts proposed in the Republican budget H.R. 1 with my colleagues on the Budget Commiteee shortly after their budget passed the House.

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