Today, Joe Donnelly, candidate for U.S. Senate, marked the 47th anniversary of Medicare by visiting Miller's Merry Manor, a senior living facility in Indianapolis.
"On this day 47 years ago, President Lyndon Johnson signed into law a promise--that Americans who work hard and play by the rules can retire with dignity," said Donnelly. "Today, over one million Hoosiers rely on Medicare benefits for security, stability, and health. I am here to highlight what this program does for seniors like those here at Miller's Merry Manor. While Richard Mourdock chooses to question the constitutionality of Medicare and supports a voucher program that would increase out-of-pocket costs by $6,000 for seniors, I choose to protect Medicare so it will be strong for future generations. "
Donnelly's opponent, Richard Mourdock, supports Congressional Republicans' plan to end the Medicare guarantee. This plan, sponsored by Rep. Ryan of Wisconsin, would eliminate new preventive care benefits for seniors, put private insurance companies in charge, and raise costs. The plan would also:
send 88,900 Hoosiers back into the so-called Medicare Part D "donut hole,"
require Hoosiers in the "donut hole" to pay an extra $900 million for prescription drug costs over the next decade, and deny 4,870,000 Hoosiers 54 and younger Medicare's guaranteed benefits, instead replacing Medicare with a voucher system.
Mourdock also questioned the constitutionality of Medicare, Social Security, and Medicaid, challenging his audience to name "where those so-called enumerated powers are listed" in the U.S. Constitution [Madison, Indiana Tea Party event transcription, youtube.com, accessed 5/20/11].