Mr. SMITH of Nebraska. Madam Speaker, I rise today to discuss the budget, contrasting the Republican plan, which would actually strengthen and extend Medicare, and the President's plan that would actually maybe allow Medicare to go bankrupt only 2 years later than it would otherwise.
One particular provision in the President's budget, a cut in reimbursement to critical access hospitals, would endanger access to nearby hospital care for millions of seniors, including those served by the 48 critical access facilities in Nebraska's Third District.
However, the Republican budget provides an alternative which ensures access to care without relying on arbitrary cuts. Our plan would also focus future Federal support on the sick and poor, while ensuring no change for those at or near retirement.
Madam Speaker, inaction now will only guarantee Medicare is more problematic in future years. We must act now to ensure it remains solvent for those who depend on it most.