Daines votes against Medicare, once again turns back on MT seniors

Jan. 9, 2017

HELENA -- Today Montana Senator Steve Daines once again voted to put the health and well-being of Montana’s senior citizens and hard-working, low-income families on the line.

In an effort to preserve Medicaid and Medicare in the midst of a repeal of the Affordable Care Act, an amendment was offered to prevent Medicare privatization or raising the Medicare eligibility age. It would also have prevented Congress from turning Medicaid into a block grant or capping its funding. 

Predictably, Sen. Daines voted against this amendment.

Why predictably? Because Sen. Daines, formerly Congressman Daines has: 

  • Voted to privatize Medicare, raising costs on seniors and slashing Medicare benefits.
  • Supported plans that would increase premiums by 50 percent and raise the Medicare eligibility from age 65 to 67.
  • Voted to slash funding for Meals on Wheels, senior centers and family caregiver support.

“Steve Daines is continuing to turn his back on Montana seniors and hardworking families at a time when they need our support the most,” said Kristen Cates, spokesperson for the Montana Democratic Party. “Voting against this amendment today just goes to show you his only interest is supporting millionaires like himself and not every day Montanans.”


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