Seniors gather in Indianapolis to talk about recent budget proposals
Congressman André Carson met with seniors at Olivet Missionary Baptist Church on the Indianapolis Westside today to discuss the impact the 2012 House Republican budget will have on Medicare.
The Republican budget ends Medicare in its current form in exchange for vouchers that seniors would use to buy private insurance. However, the estimated cost for a typical senior buying a plan equal to Medicare will be over $20,000, leaving seniors to pay at least double in new out-of-pocket expenses by 2020.
Under the plan seniors would also see free preventive services provided under the Affordable Care Act eliminated. Deductibles or copayment for preventive services, such as breast or colon cancer screenings, will no longer be included as well.
"Republicans have chosen to burden seniors with less coverage and higher costs," said Congressman Carson. "Their plan increases prescription drug costs for millions of seniors all under the guise of deficit reduction. I agree that we must address our debt, but I won't support making seniors sacrifice more so Republicans can preserve tax breaks for millionaires and oil companies."