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Entry Title Date
Income Inequality January 29, 2015
Bernard Sanders, I-VT
"As the ranking member of the Budget Committee, let me tell you what the Republicans have in mind. They don’t say this straightforward, so I will help them and say it straightforward. What they intend to do is to cut Social Security, and they are going to tell us all the reasons we have to cut Social Security. That is what they are going to do. That is what they are going to try to do. We are going to stop them, but that is what they are going to try to do. They are going to try to end Medicare as we know it and convert it into a voucher program. That is what the House Republicans voted to do last year. The result will be that there will be more and more out-of-pocket medical expenses for older Americans. They are going to make devastating cuts in Medicaid and throw some of the most vulnerable people in this country off of health insurance and onto the rolls of the uninsured. They are going to try to cut taxes for millionaires, billionaires and large corporations and they are going to try to increase military spending."
Medicare/Medicaid Anniversary January 7, 2015
Bob Casey, D-PA
"Mr. President, I rise to speak about the 50th anniversary of Medicare as well. I commend the remarks of both the senior Senator from Oregon and the senior Senator from Illinois about this 50-year anniversary since President Lyndon Johnson first sent his message to Congress that would later become both the Medicare and Medicaid Programs. As was referred to earlier, there are 100 million Americans benefiting, including over 4.8 million in my home State of Pennsylvania, when we consider both programs together."
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."

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