Today, Rep. Pete Stark (D-CA) participated in a hearing hosted by the Democratic Steering and Policy Committee entitled "Saving Medicare for Seniors Today and in the Future." Invited witnesses testified about their hopes for Medicare's future -- specifically discussing their concerns about the Romney-Ryan plan for Medicare.
"I was pleased to join my colleagues in DC today to raise public awareness about Republican plans for the future of Medicare. While Republicans are careful to talk about the option to "choose' traditional Medicare in their plan, they leave out the fact that it will only be an option for those who can afford it. They've designed their program so that most Medicare beneficiaries will be forced into private plans that may not meet their health care needs or be affordable to them. To add insult to injury, they are undermining Medicare in order to finance tax breaks for millionaires," said Rep. Stark
Those are the wrong priorities for our nation. Tens of millions of senior citizens and people with disabilities will pay the price -- literally and figuratively -- if they succeed," concluded Rep. Stark.