Friends of Jan Schneider, P.O. Box 57, Sarasota, Florida 34230 | 941-955-6595

Selection by President-elect Donald Trump of Rep. Tom Price, R-Ga., to head Health and Human Services should alarm those concerned with security for seniors. Price is a strong proponent of “privatization” of Medicare.

Price and other House Republicans, including Rep. Vern Buchanan, R-Longboat Key, have repeatedly voted to undermine Medicare. Price sponsored a concurrent resolution establishing the federal budget for fiscal year 2016. H. Con. Res. 27 assumed that “when future generations reach eligibility, Medicare is reformed to provide a premium support payment…” On March 25, 2015, Buchanan voted for it. Both representatives also voted for four prior Paul Ryan budget resolutions providing for converting Medicare to a “premium support” (aka “voucher”) system. These “yeas” were for FY 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015 (H. Con. Res. 34, 112, 25 and 96 respectively).

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