(Mr. PALLONE asked and was given permission to address the House for 1 minute.)
Mr. PALLONE. Mr. Speaker, Republicans are doubling down on their plan to end Medicare, voting this week for a second time on their Road to Ruin budget that ends Medicare. Republicans instead should listen to the will of the people, who overwhelmingly oppose their Medicare plans, and instead work in a bipartisan way to address deficits and strengthen Medicare.
The Republican budget more than doubles costs for future generations and puts insurance companies back in charge. According to the CBO, in 2022 the average senior will see their costs increase by more than $6,000, and the Republican budget also cuts benefits for today's seniors. It reopens the prescription drug doughnut hole, increasing costs for the estimated 4 million seniors who fall into the coverage gap by as much as $44 billion over the next decade, including $2.2 billion in 2012 alone. It also increases costs for preventive care and eliminates the annual wellness benefit.
The Republican budget has the wrong priorities and makes the wrong choices for seniors and middle class families.