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Congresswoman Betty McCollum's eNewsletter

April 18, 2011

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Congresswoman McCollum Defends Medicare from Republican Attacks
In their 2012 budget proposal, Congressional Republicans propose to end Medicare for all Americans 54 years old and younger. They propose replacing Medicare's current "fee-for-service" health care model with a cash voucher for private insurance, even though private insurance for the elderly is not currently an option for anyone except the extremely wealthy. Congresswoman McCollum – a long-time advocate for Medicare – warned of the devastating effects on future seniors and America's health care system.

"When you dig a little deeper you realize more than half of Medicare beneficiaries today have at least five or more chronic conditions," said Congresswoman McCollum. "What awful choices will seniors be forced to make when their health care costs far outstrip their voucher? Will they be able to afford their diabetes care? Will they be able to afford to go to their doctor for a colonoscopy or mammography?"

The Republican's 2012 budget resolution (H. Con. Res 34) passed the U.S. House by a vote of 235 - 193 with all Democrats opposing the elimination of Medicare.

Congresswoman McCollum Supports Fiscal Year 2011 Budget
After voting in favor of legislation to fund the government for the remainder of Fiscal Year 2011, Congresswoman McCollum immediately issued an extended statement for the Congressional Record.

Below is an excerpt.

"H.R. 1473 is a compromise between Democrats and Republicans. Many onerous, destructive cuts proposed by the Tea Party Republican House majority in H.R. 1 were eliminated from this compromise. Investments in job creation, health care reform implementation, voluntary family planning services, public broadcasting, international development assistance, and services for homeless veterans are all included in this bill. Despite Republican efforts to gut services for the unemployed, the sick, women, and the poorest of the poor around the world, many harmful cuts were avoided in this final bill."

Congressional Hunger Center Honors Congresswoman McCollum for Her Leadership
The bipartisan Congressional Hunger Center honored Congresswoman McCollum with their 2011 Bill Emerson & Mickey Leland Hunger Leadership Award for her leadership in Congress in "supporting agriculture and programs for domestic and international food security and nutrition." During her time in Congress, Congresswoman McCollum has made ending domestic and international hunger a priority. She has strongly supported foreign assistance; Women, Infants, and Children (WIC); food stamp; and other nutrition safety net programs. In the 111th Congress she was the House author of the Global Food Security Act in increase U.S. support for agriculture development and small scale farmers in the world's poorest countries.

"All human, social, economic, and political development is built on a foundation of food security," said Congresswoman McCollum. "Whether in my home state of Minnesota or Washington, DC, in Guatemala or Ethiopia – access to nutritious food – is the most basic and fundamental element contributing to the success of a child, a family, a community, and the successful development of a country."