U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today provided the following statement on his vote in favor of an amendment offered by Senator Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) that would have prevented the Reid health care plan from cutting $120 billion from the Medicare Advantage program, which serves over 243,000 Tennessee seniors. Senate Democrats defeated the amendment, 57-41.
“Cutting Medicare Advantage, which is exactly what the Democrats’ health care plan does, is not health-care reform, so I supported the Hatch amendment to protect seniors against a massive benefit cut. Over a quarter of the seniors on Medicare, especially minorities and seniors in remote areas, choose Medicare Advantage because the plans generally offer what regular Medicare does not: dental, vision, and hearing coverage; reduced hospital deductibles; lower co-payments and premiums; and physical fitness programs.”