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Fact Sheet: Republicans Continue To Hide True Cost To Seniors Of Their Plan To End Medicare

Republicans’ Plan Would Cost Millions Of Seniors $2.2 Billion In Benefits Next Year Alone, Despite Continued Republican Claims To Their Constituents That It Would “Not Touch Benefits”

Since passing their reckless budget plan last week, Republicans nationwide have continued to make the false claim that their plan protects today’s seniors. But seniors need to know the facts about the GOP plan. The Republican-passed budget will force nearly four million seniors to pay an additional $2.2 BILLION for prescription drugs next year alone.

Wisconsin: On Sunday, House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan said, “And Medicare, let me just tell you, no change would occur to anybody fifty-five years of age or above.” Rep. Sean Duffy (R-WI) claims, “The fact is, this plan does not affect today’s seniors, or anyone on the verge of retirement, 55 years or older.” Both ignore the fact that, under the Republican budget, 69,167 Wisconsin seniors will pay $39 million more for prescription drugs next year alone.

Virginia: House Majority Leader Eric Cantor said Friday, “To be clear, our plan will not touch benefits for today’s seniors and those nearing retirement.”  Cantor ignores the fact that, under the Republican budget, 91,377 Virginia seniors will pay $51 million more for prescription drugs next year alone.

Kentucky: Rep. Brett Guthrie (R-KY) “says the proposed changes to Medicare in the House bill will not affect anyone currently 55 or older.” Guthrie ignores the fact that, under the Republican budget, 74,669 Kentucky seniors will pay $42 million more for prescription drugs next year alone.

North Carolina: Rep. Renee Ellmers (R-NC) said, “This budget does not cut Medicare funding. It makes no changes to Medicare for anyone 55 or older.” Ellmers ignores the fact that, under the Republican budget, 122,598 North Carolina seniors will pay $69 million more for prescription drugs next year alone.

Pennsylvania: After voting for the budget on Friday, Rep. Mike Kelly (R-PA) said, “Under our proposal, seniors are safe, with no changes to the current program for those 55 and older.” Rep. Glen Thompson (R-PA) asserted, “Contrary to the misinformation, this plan keeps our current commitments to seniors, while ensuring the longevity of our social safety net programs for future generations.” And Rep. Bill Shuster (R-PA) said, “It’s extremely important that people 55 years and older know that there will not be one dime of change to what they’ve been promised.” All three ignore the fact that, under the Republican budget, 266,342 Pennsylvania seniors will pay $149 million more for prescription drugs next year alone.

New York: Rep. Michael Grimm (R-NY) said, “What I like about Ryan’s plan is that if you’re 55 and over — so if you’re about to become a senior or you are a senior — this will not affect you.” Grimm ignores the fact that, under the Republican budget, 273,223 New York seniors will pay $153 million more for prescription drugs next year alone.

West Virginia: Rep. Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) said the GOP budget “does not affect anyone currently on Medicare or anyone 55 and older.” Capito ignores the fact that, under the Republican budget, 42,114 West Virginia seniors will pay $24 million more for prescription drugs next year alone.

Illinois: Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) said, “Those 55 years and older will see absolutely no change in their current Medicare plan.” Rep. Judy Biggert (R-IL) claimed, “There will be no changes to Medicare for those who are 55 and older.” Both ignore the fact that, under the Republican budget, 163,630 Illinois seniors will pay $92 million more for prescription drugs next year alone.

New Hampshire: Rep. Frank Guinta (R-NH) said, “The two most important things that I want seniors to be aware of is that if you’re 55 and older, there is no change in Medicare or Medicaid benefits.” Guinta ignores the fact that, under the Republican budget, 15,222 New Hampshire seniors will pay $8.5 million more for prescription drugs next year alone.

California: Rep. Dan Lungren (R-CA) said, “First of all, let’s make it clear, if we’re talking about someone 65 and older — anybody 55 and older will not be affected by any changes whatsoever.” Rep. Ed Royce (R-CA) said, “Americans now age 55 and older will not see a change.” Both ignore the fact that, under the Republican budget, 381,298 California seniors will pay $214 million more for prescription drugs next year alone.

Washington: Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler (R-WA) said, “I’m not going to touch current seniors.” Herrera Beutler ignores the fact that, under the Republican budget, 67,379Washington seniors will pay $38 million more for prescription drugs next year alone.

Georgia: After voting for the House GOP budget on Friday, Rep. Lynn Westmoreland (R-GA) said, “if you are age 55 or over, these changes will not affect you at all. Westmoreland ignores the fact that, under the Republican budget, 114,974 Georgia seniors will pay $64 million more for prescription drugs next year alone.

Arkansas: After voting for the House GOP budget on Friday, Rep. Tim Griffin (R-AR) said, “If you are 55 or over, there are no, zero changes to Medicare.”Rep. Donald Young (R-AK) stated, “If you are 55 and older your benefits are preserved.”  Both ignore the fact that, under the Republican budget, 2,503 Alaska seniors will pay $1.4 million more for prescription drugs next year alone.

Ohio: Rep. Jim Renacci (R-OH) said, “The budget plan secures Medicare without making any changes to those currently 55 and older.” Renacci ignores the fact that, under the Republican budget, 159,403 Ohio seniors will pay $89 million more for prescription drugs next year alone.

Florida: After voting for the House GOP budget on Friday, Rep. Gus Bilirakis (R-FL) said, “Make no mistake, those who are 55 years or older would see no changes to Medicare whatsoever.” After voting for the budget on Friday, Rep. Tom Rooney (R-FL) argued, “This is a bold plan to save Medicare for future generations without affecting seniors and anyone 55 and older.” Both ignore the fact that, under the Republican budget, 275,927 Florida seniors will pay $155 million more for prescription drugs next year alone.

Idaho: Rep. Mike Simpson (R-ID), said, “The House Republican plan reforms our ailing Medicare program so that it will be there for future generations without impacting the current benefits of anyone 55 or older.” Simpson ignores the fact that, under the Republican budget, 17,805 Idaho seniors will pay $10 million more for prescription drugs next year alone.

Indiana: After voting for the budget, Rep. Marlin Stutzman (R-IN) argued, “Persons that are 55 and older will not see changes to their Social Security and Medicare benefits.” Stutzman ignores the fact that, under the Republican budget, 96,422 Indiana seniors will pay $54 million more for prescription drugs next year alone.

Oklahoma: On Friday, after voting for the budget, Rep. John Sullivan (R-OK) stated, “This plan would not affect current Medicare beneficiaries, and those approaching retirement age – changes would apply only to people currently 54 years of age and younger.”  Rep. Tom Cole (R-OK) said, “The Ryan plan ensures these programs will be available for our children and grandchildren — without making any changes for those age 55 and above. That’s an important point that bears repeating: The Ryan Budget passed last week will not affect benefits for anyone 55 or older.” Both ignore the fact that, under the Republican budget, 61,466 Oklahoma seniors will pay $34 million more for prescription drugs next year alone.

Texas: After voting for the budget, Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-TX) stated that the Ryan plan, “Makes no changes to Social Security and Medicare benefits for those who are 55 years old or older.” Thornberry ignores the fact that, under the Republican budget, 238,072 Texas seniors will pay $133 million more for prescription drugs next year alone.

Minnesota: After voting for the budget on Friday, Rep. Erik Paulsen (R-MN) said, “This budget also strengthens the senior safety net by preserving Medicare for future generations without any disruptions for those at or nearing retirement.”  Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) said, “So really, in a lot of ways, it should be called the ‘55 and under’ plan, because anybody 55 years of age or older will not be touched.”  Both ignore the fact that, under the Republican budget, 71,867 Minnesota seniors will pay $40 million more for prescription drugs next year alone.

Nevada: After voting for the budget on Friday, Rep. Joe Heck (R-NV) argued that the budget made, “no changes to those over 55.”  Heck ignores the fact that, under the Republican budget, 26,767 Nevada seniors will pay $15 million more for prescription drugs next year alone.

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