Dr. Dan Benishek (MI-01) today spoke with First District seniors at the Escanaba Senior Center to answer questions and discuss issues of interest in Northern Michigan.
"Like many people in Northern Michigan, the folks I spoke with today are concerned about the direction in which our nation is heading. They are worried about the slow economy, the massive federal debt we are handing our children, and the effects of the President's new health care law on Medicare. Our seniors want Congress to ensure that our children will have a bright future and be able to continue living and working in communities like Escanaba," said Dr. Benishek, a doctor from Iron River.
Dr. Benishek visited the senior center to learn more about the issues that Northern Michigan senior citizens want Congress to focus on. Dr. Benishek gave a short update on what he is working on in Congress and then answered questions on topics such as Social Security, veterans' issues, Medicare, and the new health care law.
"Many of Northern Michigan's seniors are concerned because the President cut over $700 billion from Medicare to pay for his new health care law. Experts predict that Medicare will be bankrupt in the next decade. We need to preserve and strengthen this program, not cut it like the President did. As a doctor who treated Medicare patients for nearly 30 years, I am committed to preserving and protecting this important program," added Dr. Benishek.