Alexander Legislation Says Spend Medicare Savings Only on Making Medicare Solvent

Posted on December 7, 2009

U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today issued the following statement on Senator Judd Gregg’s (R-N.H.) amendment, which Alexander cosponsored, to the Reid health care bill that would prohibit using the $465 billion in Medicare cuts in the Reid bill to pay for new government spending: “Senator Gregg’s and my amendment says, if you find savings in Grandma’s Medicare, you should spend those savings on Grandma. Cutting Medicare by half a trillion dollars and spending it on a new program at a time when Medicare is going broke is not real health care reform, and I’m disappointed that Senate Democrats yet again rejected Republican attempts to fix their flawed bill.” The Greg Amendment received 43 votes. Under Senate rules, 60 votes were required.