This month marks Older Americans Month, which is an opportunity to celebrate the lives of seniors. Over the last year, my goal has been to protect and preserve Medicare for both now and the future. It is time for us to work together to ensure that promises made to seniors are kept, and that America's young people have a secure and bright future.
Here are some things you should consider regarding my plan to safeguard this vital program. First, if you are in or near retirement, your Medicare benefits will remain the same under this plan - they will not change in any way.
Second, for those under age 55, the plan will offer the freedom to choose either traditional Medicare benefits, or personalized healthcare coverage from a menu of guaranteed healthcare options.
The simple truth is that current system is broken and is in desperate need of repair. As of April 23, 2012, the Medicare Trustees report confirmed that if we do nothing today, Medicare will be insolvent by the time many older Americans reach retirement.
These positive solutions to secure and safeguard Medicare are the product of listening to seniors in Central Florida and hearing their concerns about the future of this critical program. In fact, the 60 Plus Association, a non-partisan organization seven million seniors strong, recently presented me the Guardian of Senior's Rights Award for my work to preserve and strengthen the Medicare guarantee.
I am grateful to live in a community that values the independence and dignity of seniors. I recently visited Senior's First, Inc. and toured their newly renovated facility in Orlando. Through the support of Central Floridians, this organization serves meals, provides companionship, and offers critical programs that assist local seniors. A special thanks to the many volunteers, team members and families who help this terrific organization fulfill their mission to improve the lives of those in need.
I encourage you to thank a senior in your life today and step out to look for ways you can give back to our Central Florida community. For more of my ideas and legislative initiatives, visit Webster.house.gov.
Member of Congress