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WNY Congressional leaders fight to keep Medicare

Congresswomen Slaughter & Hochul vow to fight for Medicare
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Congresswomen Slaughter & Hochul vow to fight for Medicare

By Eileen Buckley

Greece, NY – Two Western New York congressional leaders are continuing to fight to preserve Medicare.

Congresswomen Kathy Hochul and Louise Slaughter appeared at the Greece Community and Senior Center Tuesday to celebrate the 45th anniversary of Medicare.

In April, the House majority passed the Ryan budget that would transform Medicare into a voucher program and require Americans to buy private health insurance when they turn 65. Representative Slaughter voted against the measure.

"And the estimate that each of you, and all me, I'm there with you, would pay at least $6,000 more a year for medicare. As Kathy said, we are not going to let that happen," said Slaughter.

Medicare was the topic that pole vaulted democrat Hochul into her new political seat. Hochul actively campaigned against the plan, arguing that it would roll back the promise made to America's seniors.

Hochul calls the program one of the greatest accomplishments America has every achieved and says it must be protected for seniors.

"Why we want to take money out of pockets of seniors and make them pay $6,000 or $7,000 for a voucher plan, send them out to the private insurers and say, good luck I hope they cover you, that's sending us back to the 1960's," said Hochul.