Washington, DC—Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid released the following statement this afternoon after Senate passage of the Bennet Amendment to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act:
“Senate Democrats have always stepped up to protect Medicare – often with little help from Republicans. With the passage of the Bennet amendment today, we reaffirmed our commitment to this critical program. I commend Senator Bennet for his leadership on this important issue.
“His amendment assures that we’ll use Medicare savings to help strengthen the program and put more money in the pockets of America’s seniors. It will also guarantee that Medicare benefits and the Medicare trust fund will continue to be protected. The proposed Republican alternative was a cynical attempt to scare our seniors and threatened the future of the Medicare trust fund.
“Senate Democrats are strengthening Medicare and ensuring seniors get the care they need and the quality of life they deserve.”