Press Release             

Contact: Paul Precht
Director of Policy and Communications

Akiko Takano
Deputy Director of Communications

August 6, 2009

Statement by Medicare Rights Center President Joseph Baker on the Public Debate on Health Insurance Reform

New York, NY – Our country is at a critical juncture in the debate over health care. Opponents of reform are playing on the fears of older adults that they will lose the health security they now enjoy under Medicare. False claims that health reform legislation will ration or deny medical treatment for people with Medicare have obscured the very real improvements to Medicare in legislation now before Congress. The health reform bill that the House of Representatives will vote on when they return in September would expand Medicare coverage for prescription drugs, improve access to primary care doctors and strengthen Medicare’s financial health. There are no cuts to Medicare benefits in any health reform bill now before Congress. The debate over health insurance reform should be based on facts, not fear.

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Medicare Rights Center is a national, nonprofit consumer service organization that works to ensure access to affordable health care for older adults and people with disabilities through counseling and advocacy, educational programs, and public policy initiatives.


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