Social Security and Medicare
We must honor the promises we have made to our seniors so they can get the support and health care they need, and have a secure and dignified retirement. That’s why I have pledged to not take a congressional pension until Medicare and Social Security are secure for this generation and future generations.
As a doctor, I cared for thousands of patients who have paid into and rely on Medicare. I know first-hand that we can reduce runaway health care costs without making dramatic cuts to Medicare that will hurt our seniors. By lowering drug costs, ending wasteful tests, and encouraging preventative care, we can safeguard Medicare for future generations. I took an oath to care for the well-being of my patients as doctor, and I will continue to take the same approach as your Congressman.
As we face steep deficits, some in Washington are talking about cutting Social Security and Medicare to help balance our budget. I believe we must work together to address our debt and spending problems in a responsible, balanced, and bipartisan way. But as we discuss these crucial issues, we should be talking about how to strengthen these programs – not eliminating them.
- Opposing Cuts to Social Security and Medicare: I sent a letter, along with 106 of my congressional colleagues, to the President and the Congressional leadership to urge them to protect these promises to our seniors from any devastating cuts. As I continue my work in Congress, I will continue to oppose short-sighted, devastating cuts to these safety-nets that would harm our seniors.
- Led Debate on Protecting and Strengthening Medicare: I was proud to lead a congressional debate on how we can both protect and strengthen Medicare for today’s seniors and for future generations. Before the debate, I asked you to share your own Medicare stories with me on Facebook and Twitter. It was a real privilege to hear your stories, and I was proud to share them with Congress so they could hear directly from you. You can watch part of the debate here:
I voted against a partisan budget plan offered by Congressman Paul Ryan, which would end the Medicare guarantee and turn it into a voucher system. The Ryan plan would leave millions of seniors unable to afford the health care they need and deserve. Our parents and grandparents did not work their whole lives, paying into a system, only to be handed a voucher that doesn't even cover the cost of their care.
Addressing our budget must be a top priority so we don’t leave our children buried under a mountain of debt. But we must work together toward a solution, and find a balanced and reasonable compromise. I spoke on the House floor against the Ryan plan, which you can see here:
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The U.S. House of Representatives voted on several budget proposals over the past two days and passed the Ryan budget proposal 219 to 205 today. Congressman Ami Bera, M.D. made the following comment:
Congressman Ami Bera, M.D. released the following statement in response to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announcement about payments to Medicare Advantage for 2015. CMS estimates that the change to plan payments between 2014 and 2015 will be 0.4 percent increase instead of the 1.9 percent cut that was initially proposed.
Congressman Ami Bera, M.D. joined 27 of his colleagues in sending a letter to Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius urging her to reverse course and reconsider proposed cuts to Medicare Advantage to ensure that the critical program in sustainable for seniors.
Today, Congressman Ami Bera, M.D. released the following statement about the House Republican budget proposal:
Earlier today, Congressman Ami Bera, M.D. announced he made good on the oath he made to the people of Sacramento County to decline his Congressional pension until Medicare and Social Security are secure for all Americans. He sent a check to the United States Treasury Bureau of the Public Debt for $4,914.53, the pension amount he accrued during 2013.
Earlier today the U.S. House of Representatives passed by voice vote H.R. 4302, the so-called “Protecting Access to Medicare Act,” which prolongs a broken system. Congressman Ami Bera, M.D. offered the following comment:
Congressman Ami Bera M.D. voted today in favor of the SGR Repeal and Medicare Provider Payment Modernization Act of 2014. After months of unprecedented bipartisan, bicameral work in Congress to reach an unprecedented bipartisan solution, House leadership this week tied a hyper-partisan amendment to the bill. Bera made the following comment:
Congressman Ami Bera, M.D. joined more than 30 Members of Congress today calling on the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to withdraw their proposed rule change for Medicare Part D. (Text of letter below.) This rule would significantly change the Medicare Part D prescription drug benefit, impacting the choice and affordability of drug coverage for nearly 13 million beneficiaries.
In response, CMS has announced they will delay some of the most concerning parts of the new rule and gather more input.