Assemblywoman Grace Meng and former Congresswoman Liz Holtzman vows to Protect Medicare; calling it a “A non-negotiable position.”
Press Release: Assemblywoman Grace Meng and former United States Congresswoman Liz Holtzman today stood with seniors to discuss key issues, including Medicare, in front of the CCNS Bayside Senior Center in Bayside.
Liz Holtzman, who served in Congress from 1973 to 1981, remarked: “We can never balance the federal budget on the backs of our seniors. Seniors are rightly worried these days about important programs like Medicare being harmed by the misguided policies of the Tea Party Republicans in Washington, D.C. We need a Congress that is working for us, not against us. I know that Grace Meng can be trusted to stand with seniors and our most vulnerable neighbors as we fight against misguided and dangerous attacks on these vital programs.”
Assemblywoman Meng stated: “Our seniors have worked hard raising families, serving our country, and building strong businesses and communities. Too many in Washington are too eager to shamefully turn their backs on our seniors. Republican plans for Medicare would end guaranteed benefits for our seniors and destroy the traditional Medicare option.”
Republican designs for Medicare would harm today’s seniors immediately. Republicans seek to re-open the prescription drug donut hole, eliminate coverage for preventive care, cut Medicaid, and eliminate the guaranteed benefits of the current Medicare system. Although Republicans claim that today’s seniors could retain the traditional Medicare option, this is a false promise because traditional Medicare would collapse as the new private insurers cherry pick the younger seniors, on whose premiums traditional Medicare relies in order to offset the costs of providing for the sick.
“Medicare is not just another government program; it’s a commitment by our country to its most respected citizens. It is also a great insurance plan. Preserving this program is simply non-negotiable. As a member of Congress, I’ll fight to ensure Medicare is not played as a bargaining chip by the Tea Party-dominated Republican Party as we work to get our country’s fiscal house in order, reduce our national debt and close the deficit,” continued Meng.
“It’s time for the Republicans to cease their draconian scare tactics. We can continue to fully fund Medicare in the long-term by reducing inefficiencies in the system, cutting out waste and fraud, enabling Medicare to leverage its bargaining power to eliminate overpayments to insurers, Big Pharma, and device manufacturers, and broadening the base of the insured in our healthcare system.”