Press Release             

Contact: Ilene Stein
Federal Policy Director

May 25, 2011

Statement by Medicare Rights Center President Joe Baker on the
Senate Vote on the House Budget Resolution

New York, NY—We applaud the Senate’s rebuke of the House budget, which would turn Medicare into a voucher program and convert Medicaid funding to block grants, and would pass thousands and in some cases tens of thousands of dollars more in out-of-pocket costs to people with Medicare.

Now we must continue the fight to ensure that these programs continue to offer the protection and support that older Americans and people with disabilities need and deserve. Proposed spending caps can be just as dangerous for the Medicare and Medicaid programs as the House budget resolution. In many cases, these caps could be met only through deep cuts to Medicare and Medicaid that would result in increases in cost-sharing for Medicare consumers, or through the same type of voucher and block-grant proposals that have been the subject of recent public outcry.

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