This week marks the 47th anniversary of Medicare, a historically successful program that has provided health care to seniors, raised the American life expectancy from 70 years old to 78 years old, and helped lower poverty rates for seniors from 30 percent to 9 percent.
Today, more than 1,669,386 seniors in Michigan rely on Medicare for health care.
Despite the absolutely crucial role that Medicare plays in the lives of Michigan seniors, both Clark Durant and Pete Hoekstra have repeatedly supported plans that would:
- end Medicare as we know it,
- let private insurance companies make health care decisions for seniors, and
- raise the costs of health care for seniors by thousands of dollars.
Below you will find specifics of Clark Durant and Pete Hoekstra’s destructive plans for Medicare.
Clark Durant Supports Sen. Mike Lee’s Extreme Tea Party Budget
In 2012, Durant said he supported the Tea Party budget presented by Sen. Mike Lee because he didn’t think Congressman Paul Ryan’s budget goes far enough. [Republican Women’s Club Debate, 5/14/12]
- The Lee-Durant Budget Would End Medicare As We Know It By 2017
- The Lee-Durant Budget Increases Eligibility Age For Medicare
Pete Hoekstra Supports Paul Ryan’s Budget Proposal To End Medicare
In 2012, Hoekstra said he would have voted for Paul Ryan’s budget had he been in Congress.
In 2012, Hoekstra said he supported Rep. Ryan’s budget proposal that would partially privatize Medicare.
- The Ryan-Hoekstra Budget Would End Medicare As We Know It, Forcing Seniors to PAY MORE for Health Coverage
- The Ryan-Hoekstra Budget Would Force Seniors To Pay $6,400 More For Medicare Coverage
- The Ryan-Hoekstra Budget Would Convert Medicare Into A Voucher System
- The Ryan-Hoekstra Budget Would Force 1,510,033 Michigan Seniors Onto Vouchers When They Retire
- The Ryan-Hoekstra Budget Will Force 123,822 Michigan Seniors Back Into the Prescription Drug “Donut Hole”
The Republican budget would “re-open” the prescription drug donut hole and cost the average senior who falls into the donut hole approximately $11,794 between 2012 and 2020. The “donut hole” forces seniors to pay the full cost of their prescription drugs after their yearly drug expenses exceed $2,840, and full coverage doesn’t resume until total drug spending hits $6,447 for the year. Since health reform was signed into law, closing the donut hole, 123,822 Michigan seniors saved $73,803,484.30 on prescription drugs. [HHS, 3/19/12; State level data compiled by HHS, 3/20/12]
Source: Press Release – Michigan Democratic Party
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