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Alzheimer’S December 2, 2014
John Garamendi, D-CA
"Let’s see. Alzheimer’s is the most expensive disease in America. One in five Medicare dollars is currently spent on people with Alzheimer’s, 20 percent of every Medicare dollar. In fact, the total cost of Alzheimer’s today—this year, 2014—is over $215 billion—a quarter of a trillion dollars. More and more of that money will come from Medicare as the baby boom population begins to move into its more senior years."
The Extraordinary Cost Of Alzheimer’S November 19, 2014
John Garamendi, D-CA
"As you look at the Federal budget in the years ahead, as you look at Medicare, as you begin to think about the deficit that confronts this Nation, this is where you need to look because this is where the big expenditure is going to be made. It is going to be in Alzheimer’s and related illnesses to it. This is it."
Making Emergency Supplemental Appropriations For The Fiscal Year Ending September 30, 2014—Motion To Proceed—Continued July 29, 2014
Jeff Merkley, D-OR
"The good news is there is a very simple action the Senate could take right now to protect our covenant with our seniors. The Medicare Protection Act, which I have cosponsored along with Senator Pryor and others, makes three modest but important changes to our law: It expresses the sense of the Senate that the Medicare eligibility age should not be increased. It expresses the sense of the Senate that the Medicare Program should not be privatized or voucherized. Third, it amends the Congressional Budget Act so that any attempt to reduce or eliminate guaranteed benefits or to restrict eligibility criteria, such as raising the eligibility age, cannot be passed through the budget reconciliation process. This is particularly important since the House has made repeated attempts to end Medicare as we know it, and to do so using the budget process—the Ryan budget—rather than through stand-alone legislation."
Concurrent Resolution On The Budget For Fiscal Year 2015 April 10, 2014
Paul Ryan, R-WI
"Here is the dirty little secret. Look at what they have already done to Medicare. It was ObamaCare that ended Medicare as we know it, it was ObamaCare that raided $700 billion from Medicare to spend on ObamaCare, it was ObamaCare that set up this new rationing board of 15 unelected, unaccountable bureaucrats to put price controls on Medicare, which will lead to denied care for seniors."
Providing For Consideration Of H. Con. Res. 96, Concurrent Resolution On The Budget For Fiscal Year 2015, And Providing For Proceedings During The Period From April 11, 2014, Through April 25, 2014 April 8, 2014
Jim McGovern, D-MA
"Madam Speaker, I want to agree with my friend from Oklahoma that Mr. Ryan has given us a choice. He has presented us a budget that would end Medicare as we know it; it would slash the social safety net to smithereens; it cuts SNAP by $137 billion; and it would damage the National Institutes of Health and transportation funding. Pell grants would be cut. I could go right down the list. Yeah, I know we have got a choice here, and people ought to understand what that budget is all about."

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