Alexander Votes to Spend Medicare Savings on Making Medicare Solvent—Not Funding a New Program

Supports Amendment to Remove Half-a-Trillion Dollars in Medicare Cuts from Health Care Bill

Posted on December 3, 2009

U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today made the following remarks on the floor of the U.S. Senate regarding the McCain amendment to the health care bill, which he supported: • “Senator McCain’s amendment says two things: first, send the bill back to the Finance Committee and have them bring it back without the Medicare cuts; and second, if we’re going to take money from Grandma’s Medicare, let’s spend it on Grandma. Let’s take the savings that we find in Medicare and absolutely make sure that we spend them on Medicare, which its trustees have said is likely to go broke between 2015 and 2017.” • “If you’re going to spend $2.5 trillion over ten years, you have to get the money somewhere, and the Democratic health care bill gets it from three places. The first is from seniors. The second is from taxes. And the third is from the grandchildren of seniors—that is, from debt.” • “We have heard some of our friends on the other side say that Republicans are scaring seniors about Medicare cuts. But it’s not the Republicans that are scaring seniors, it’s the Democratic health care bill that’s scaring seniors about half-a-trillion dollars in Medicare cuts.”