Medicare is under attack and we must work together to save it.
The Congressional "supercommittee" began meeting this month to propose at least $1.2 trillion in federal budget cuts and has its sights set squarely on Medicare. Many proposals being discussed would not make Medicare coverage better or cheaper for those who rely upon it -- ourselves, our parents, grandparents, sisters, brothers and neighbors -- but instead would increase costs and decrease coverage.
Tell Congress that they must not reduce the deficit on the backs of people with Medicare and their families. Save Medicare now!
I urge you to preserve Medicare and protect the people and families that rely upon the program for life saving care. In the debate over deficit reduction, policymakers are discussing changes to Medicare that would increase costs and cut coverage for people with Medicare.
But people with Medicare are in a poor position to pay more for care, and they use care because they need it. Half of people with Medicare have incomes below $22,000 per year, and nearly half have three or more chronic conditions.
Furthermore, proposals that shift costs to people with Medicare or discourage them from getting care -- including those that would increase out-of-pocket costs, cut benefits, raise the Medicare eligibility age, or make Medicare into a voucher program -- do nothing to address the root cause of Medicare spending, which is growing costs in the health care sector overall for all Americans.
We must not cut benefits or raise costs for people with Medicare. We must preserve the promise we've made as a nation: that older Americans and people with disabilities have a right to access high-quality, affordable health care and live with dignity.
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