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Mikulski & Van Hollen Vow to 'Keep Medicare as Medicare' at Frederick Senior Expo

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Location: Washington, DC

U.S. Senator Barbara A. Mikulski and Congressman Chris Van Hollen (Both D-Md.) today toured the Frederick Senior Expo. Together, they vowed to fight the Ryan Budget, which would end Medicare as we know it and repeal health care reform.

"The Ryan Budget will trade in Medicare's guaranteed benefit for a coupon and a promise," Senator Mikulski said. "Ryan voted against the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay guaranteeing equal pay for equal work. Paul Ryan voted against Obamacare, which saved and strengthened Medicare. Now it's time to fight against Paul Ryan and his attack on Medicare and America's seniors."

"The Romney-Ryan plan would give millionaires a bonus tax break -- paid for by turning Medicare into a voucher program," said Congressman Chris Van Hollen. "Rather than shifting costs onto those who can't afford it, Democrats are working every day to keep the promises we have made to America's seniors without ending the Medicare guarantee."

The Ryan Budget would turn Medicare into voucher program. By 2023, the current Medicare program would be dissolved. Seniors would have to choose from "Medicare-certified" private insurance models, for which the government won't fully cover the cost. The Ryan Budget also raises the eligibility age for Medicare to 67 by 2034.

The Ryan Budget would decimate health care for Maryland seniors:
902,204 seniors in Maryland would be forced onto vouchers when they retire,
Out-of-pocket costs for seniors would increase by as much as $5,900,
73,269 Maryland seniors would be forced back into the prescription drug "Donut Hole,"

and 562,429 Maryland seniors would pay more for preventive services.
The Ryan Budget also repeals the Affordable Care Act. Nationally, that means
· 32 million seniors lose free preventive services,
· 5.1 million seniors lose $3.2 billion in drug savings,
· 20 million women lose affordable health screenings, and
· 2.5 million young adults lose coverage under parents' plan.

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