Cortez Masto, King, Hirono, Hassan

The minibus appropriations bill (H.R. 6147)

Senator Cortez Masto: (6:18 p.m.)

  • Spoke on Medicare.
    • "53 years ago on July 30, 1965, president Lyndon B. Johnson signed landmark legislation to establish Medicare and Medicaid to essential programs that provide health care to over 120 million Americans and over 1 million Nevadans. When President Johnson signed this historic bill, he said no longer will older Americans be denied the healing miracle of modern medicine. No longer will illness crush and destroy the savings that they have so carefully put away over a lifetime so that they might enjoy dignity in their later years."


Senator King: (6:18 p.m.)

  • Spoke on Medicare.
    • "Now, Medicare isn't perfect. There are things that we can do to strengthen it, to improve it. I think one of the things we need to do is to talk about high drug prices and the effect on seniors under Medicare. We also have to talk about prevention. One of the faults I believe with Medicare is that it only pays for medical procedures. It doesn't pay to prevent medical procedures. The cheapest operation is the one that you don't have to have. And I believe that's one of the areas where we can improve Medicare to provide more preventive services that will lower the costs for seniors, for the taxpayers, and for the whole economy."


Senator Hirono: (6:18 p.m.)

  • Spoke on Medicare.
    • "And the ship program provides that. And to be cutting that at this moment, again, is just inexplicable and ultimately, I feel, is cruel. Now is not the time to be making cuts in Medicare. Now is the time to be strengthening it, to be providing for the future, to be providing for those citizens that are coming up. I know people in Maine who can't wait to be 65 because they will be covered by Medicare. I suppose they would just as soon not be 65, but they genuinely are waiting for a time when the burden of health care expenses is lifted from them at least insofar as Medicare can do so. Yes, it needs improvement. Yes, we should do more about prevention."


Senator Hassan: (6:18 p.m.)

  • Spoke on Medicare.
    • "Mr. President, 53 weeks ago this week, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed Medicare and Medicaid into law, delivering health care to seniors and some of our most vulnerable citizens, and bolstering efforts to expand opportunity and help more of our people thrive. Today tens of millions of Americans are covered through Medicare and Medicaid. In communities in New Hampshire and throughout our country, seniors are able to live active, engaging, and high-quality lives, participating civically and economically because of the care that Medicare provides. And we know that Medicaid has delivered countless benefits and opportunities to people from all walks of life."