Ms. BERKLEY. Madam Speaker, I feel as if it's deja vu all over again. Just 1 year ago, Washington Republicans proposed a plan to kill Medicare by turning it over to private insurance companies. It passed the House and luckily failed in the Senate.
Now, just 1 year later, Republicans are pushing yet another plan to kill Medicare and devastate Nevada seniors by forcing them to pay thousands more out of their own pockets for health care. Madam Speaker, it was a bad idea for Nevada seniors when it was first proposed, it's a bad idea for Nevada seniors now.
Unfortunately, these are the kinds of priorities we have come to expect from Washington Republicans. Instead of strengthening Medicare, Washington Republicans have spent this year trying to undermine it in order to pay for massive taxpayer giveaways to big oil companies making billions in profits and tax breaks for corporations who are shipping our jobs overseas. It's a matter of getting our priorities straight, and the Republicans in Washington just don't get it.
We need to put Nevada's seniors first, not Big Oil executives, not Wall Street billionaires. We must focus on creating jobs, not on killing Medicare by turning it over to greedy insurance companies.