Today, Joe Donnelly, candidate for U.S. Senate, visited Fort Wayne's Dash-In Restaurant to have lunch with area seniors and talk about their concerns for strengthening and protecting Social Security and Medicare.
"Social Security and Medicare are more than just cards in a wallet," said Donnelly. "These programs help Hoosier seniors make ends meet, and it is our duty to keep it strong. Richard Mourdock has questioned whether Social Security and Medicare are constitutional. When it comes to Medicare, he wants to make deep cuts, end guaranteed benefits, and force seniors to pay $6,000 more in out-of-pocket costs.
"When it comes to Social Security, he wants to gamble with seniors' benefits in the stock market. I disagree. I'm against putting private insurance companies in charge of seniors' health. I'm against gambling with seniors' benefits on Wall Street. I'll fight to protect Social Security and Medicare, both for the seniors I met today and for future generations."
Richard Mourdock's extreme agenda would increase out-of-pocket Medicare costs for Hoosier seniors by as much as $6,000 and send more than 120,000 seniors back into the Medicare Part D "donut hole," skyrocketing their prescription drug costs. Mourdock's "my way or the highway" cuts would also require nearly 800,000 Hoosier seniors to pay more for preventative care under Medicare and deny 950,000 seniors access to guaranteed benefits.