House Republican Conference Chairman Mike Pence was quoted in a Human Events piece today, titled "Republicans Aim to Inform Seniors of True Cost of Dems Reform." Read the following excerpt with the quote:
Republicans still battling for responsible health care reform in Congress will move the focus this week to the plan’s impact on seniors, said Rep. Mike Pence (R-Ind.) on Monday.
“I think you’ll see Republicans taking to the floor and the airwaves this week making sure American seniors understand the implications of this legislation,” said Pence.
This shift in strategy comes as Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) has committed to a convoluted public option which would include an “opt-out” at the state-level, a provision many view as a façade.
epublicans plan to lay out the numbers for seniors in the coming days to convince them that the deep cuts to Medicare advantage mandated by the Democrats’ plan would be catastrophic to general quality of life for American seniors.
“The cuts in Medicare Advantage in the Democratic Health Care plan totaled $162 billion,” said Pence, quoting the Congressional Budget Office data. “As a result, Medicare advantage plans will drop out of the program, limiting senior’s choices and causing many to lose the current health care that they have.”
Pence added, “The CBO has also said the Democrats’ health plan will increase senior’s Medicare prescription drug premiums by 20% over the next decade. We think seniors have the right to know that.”