PROTECT NOT PRIVATIZE MEDICARE

Medicare is crucial to American seniors, and it is particularly important to the Florida 16th Congressional District as one of the five oldest in the country in demographic terms. Jan Schneider will fight for preservation of Medicare as we know it. In contrast, Vern Buchanan (R-FL16) would turn it into ta “premium support” a/k/a vouchers system.

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SENIORS HAVE EARNED MEDICARE

Jan wants to protect not privatize Medicare. She opposes raising the current eligibility age of 65, cutting benefits, sunsetting Medicare along with Social Security after five years, and other disastrous changes Republicans are pushing. Such proposals could thrust the country back before enactment of Medicare in 1965, when half of seniors had no health insurance and almost all lacked access to tax-subsided employer policies. Seniors have earned and pay for Medicare benefits, which protect health and save lives.

VERN VOTED TO ALTER MEDICARE

In contrast, Buchanan has, among other things, voted at least five times for Republican budget resolutions that seek fundamentally to alter Medicare. More specifically, they assumed that “when future generations reach eligibility, Medicare is reformed to provide a premium support payment.” Supporting a system calculated to cost the average 65-year old twice as much for healthcare as under current Medicare seems an odd position for a congressman from a district ranked in the top five by age of the voters.

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