FACT CHECK: Medicare Benefits


What Republicans are Saying
The health reform bill will cut Medicare benefits for seniors. 
 
Who’s the latest to say it?
Rep. Vern Buchanan (R-FL) just said on the House Floor that health reform legislation “cuts Medicare.” He continued, saying, “This will really hurt seniors. A senior said, ‘All I have is my Social Security and Medicare. It's not perfect, but don't mess with my Medicare.’”
 
Here’s the Truth
There are no cuts to Medicare benefits. Rather, this bill strengthens Medicare - extending its solvency by nine years and closing the “donut hole.” These false claims are yet another attempt by Republicans to mislead and scare.  In fact it’s Republicans who have been long-time opponents of Medicare and are proposing to voucherize it.