Alexander Says Democrats’ Health Care Plan Scares Seniors, Cuts Medicare

Offers 200 Pages of Republican Proposals That Would Reduce Debt, Premiums and Protect Medicare

Posted on November 5, 2009

U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today made the following remarks on the floor of the U.S. Senate: • “It’s not Republicans who are scaring seniors about Medicare. It is the Democratic health care bills that are scaring seniors about Medicare, and they have a right to be concerned.” • “The question is not whether there are cuts to Medicare. That’s what the proposal is. And those cuts are in these large, expansive health care plans—the 2,000-page bill coming from the House soon, half of which is paid for by cutting Grandma’s Medicare. Rarely does a Senator have an opportunity to vote on so many Medicare cuts and so many new taxes, as we apparently will have when this bill comes to us.” • “Republicans believe that the American people do not want this 2,000-page bill headed our way. We want instead to start over in the right direction, which means reducing costs step by step to re-earn the trust of the American people by reducing the cost of health care . . . Our proposal would offer a choice: a couple hundred pages, not 2,000; reducing premiums; reducing debt; protecting Medicare instead of cutting it; no tax increases instead of higher taxes; and reducing costs. That’s the kind of health care plan Republicans have offered. That’s the kind we believe Americans want, and we hope over time that will earn bipartisan support.”