Today, U.S. Senate candidate Shelley Berkley celebrated the 47th birthday of Medicare with Nevada seniors at the East Las Vegas Senior Center. At the birthday party, Shelley and Nevada seniors discussed the importance of Medicare in their lives, and why Shelley is the only candidate who can be counted on to fight to protect and preserve Medicare. Medicare was signed into law by President Lyndon Baines Johnson 47 years ago in 1965.
While Shelley has spent her time in Congress fighting to protect Medicare, her opponent, Senator Dean Heller has "proudly" voted twice to end Medicare as we know it by turning the program over to profit-hungry private insurance company bureaucrats. Under the plan Senator Heller supports, Nevada seniors would see their health care premiums rise by $6,000 and would pay $15 million more in prescription drugs costs this year alone.
"Fighting for Nevada seniors must be a top priority and that's why I've consistently fought to protect and preserve Medicare," said U.S. Senate candidate Shelley Berkley. "While I've always fought to protect Medicare, my opponent, Senator Dean Heller, voted twice for a plan that would essentially end the program by turning it over to profit-hungry private insurance companies, increasing costs while putting a private insurance company between a patient and their doctor. This plan is unacceptable, and is just one example of why Dean Heller's agenda of putting Wall Street over Nevada middle-class families is dead wrong."