Medicare is a sacred contract between the federal government and America's seniors who have paid into this critical program throughout their lives. As a son whose mother depends on Medicare, guaranteeing the promise of Medicare to America's seniors is one of my top priorities. I have voted for solutions that guarantee that America's current seniors continue receiving their fully-funded Medicare benefits with no changes. The Medicare Trust Fund belongs to you, the American people who have paid into it, and you have earned these benefits.
For America's future generations, I have voted for real solutions that strengthen Medicare by giving future generations the opportunity to receive the same health care that every member of Congress receives. They will have clear choices of Medicare certified options with premium support equal to or greater than current Medicare benefits, with the low income and high health risk Americans receiving more support than wealthy Americans. These common sense solutions preserve and strengthen this vital safety net program.
Moreover, in order to further strengthen Medicare, we must repeal President Obama's takeover of health care. Not only does this disastrous law cut over $700 billion from Medicare, but it puts a panel of unelected and unaccountable government bureaucrats in Washington, DC in charge of making your health care decisions rather than you and your doctor.
President Obama's own Medicare actuaries say that the Medicare trust fund will be bankrupt by 2024. I, along with my Republican colleagues, have voted for real solutions to guarantee the promise of Medicare for EVERYONE while ensuring that those currently on Medicare continue receiving their fully funded benefits.
I will always fight to honor the commitments that were made to America's seniors.