Monday, U.S. Senator Joe Donnelly announced that he will oppose any effort to privatize Medicare, as discussions already are under way by some in Congress to privatize Medicare. More that 1.1 million Hoosiers are enrolled in Medicare.
Donnelly said in part in a video message, “Let me say unequivocally to you now: I have fought to protect Medicare for this generation and for future generations. I have opposed efforts to privatize Medicare in the past, and I will oppose any effort to privatize Medicare or turn it into a voucher program in the future. If my colleagues have pragmatic ideas that strengthen Medicare, reduce the costs of care, crack down on waste, fraud and abuse, count me in, but if they want to phase out Medicare, or privatize the system, count me out.”
Donnelly is hopeful there will be opportunities for bipartisan cooperation in the new year on commonsense policies to help Hoosier families, but he vowed to stop any effort to undermine the Medicare guarantee for seniors.