Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart

Representing the 25th District of FLORIDA

Diaz-Balart: Healthcare Reform Should Not Come at the Expense of Our Seniors

Jul 29, 2009
Press Release

For Immediate Release:

WASHINGTON, DC-Today Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart made the following statement regarding healthcare reform:

“I strongly support healthcare reform and believe that every American deserves access to top quality, affordable healthcare, but we should not penalize our nation’s seniors and jeopardize their healthcare.

“As President Obama promises that he will not reduce Medicare benefits, Democrats in Congress rush to enact legislation that would slash the Medicare Advantage program by $156 billion, directly impacting the well being and livelihood of 10.2 million seniors.    

“Democrat legislation would strip many seniors of their access to healthcare, while adding financial burden on the American taxpayer.  

“Raising taxes, cutting benefits to our seniors, and spending our nation into debt is not the way to fix the broken healthcare system,” said Diaz-Balart.  

According to the Florida Association of Health Plans, forcing senior citizens to adopt traditional Medicare would cost the average senior in Southern Florida an additional $3,714 a year.