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Medicare Quotes

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When Medicare was first enacted in 1965,
it provided coverage for hospitalization,
doctor visits and surgeries, but there was no coverage
for prescription medications.
- Michael Burgess

I believe we ought to subsidize some health care for the poor,
but Medicare subsidizes everyone's health care.
- James Q. Wilson

I believe honor thy mother and father is not just a
good commandment to live by,
it is good public policy to govern by.
That is why I feel so strongly about Medicare.
- Barbara Mikulski

Have you noticed the debt is exploding? And it's not all because of Medicare.
- Ron Paul

 

We know that Medicare's going broke in seven years,
but we need to start over.That's what the American people want us to do.
- John McCain

How we continue to fund Medicare and Medicaid into
the future is a pressing issue of national concern.
- James T. Walsh

We added Medicare Part D to a system facing bankruptcy
and gave no thought to means testing it.
- Bob Inglis

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Under Medicare right now, I get paid to put a pacemaker in you,
but I don't get paid to counsel you about end-of-life care.
- Richard Dooling

My votes against the education bill and my votes against
the Medicare bill got huge play at home.
- Mike Pence

The money the president wants to borrow for Iraq will
come directly out of the American taxpayer wallets
in the form of Medicare and Social Security receipts.
That's your money.
- Robert Byrd

The public has lost faith in the ability of Social
Security and Medicare to provide for old age.
They've lost faith in the banking system and in conventional medical insurance.
- Ron Chernow

When Medicare was created for senior citizens and America 's disabled in 1965,
about half of a senior's health care spending was on
doctors and the other half on hospitals.
- Dennis Hastert

I told them I would work to strengthen and secure Medicare for generations to come,
and I told them I would fight for a new prescription
drug benefit under Medicare.
- Mike Rogers

Enrolling in the Medicare Prescription Drug Program
will be a great savings for most senior citizens.
- Paul Gillmor

Social Security and Medicare represent promises made
and we must keep these commitments.
- Tom Coburn

If medicine was practiced in 1965 the way it's practiced today,
there's no question that prescriptions would have been included in Medicare.
- John Podesta

Workers organized and fought for worker rights and food safety,
Social Security and Medicare - they fought to change government.
And they won.
- Sherrod Brown

Is Medicare socialism? You want to get rid of Medicare.
And a lot of the people against health care do.
I want to preserve it and grow it.
- Anthony Weiner

Medicaid is essentially bankrupt, Medicare is essentially bankrupt,
why the heck would we give the federal government another
entitlement program to manage?
- Timothy Pawlenty

Medicare provided guaranteed equal coverage,
something that the private sector could not.
- Bennie Thompson

You know, for most seniors Medicare is their only form of health care.
- Corrine Brown

Al Gore may think Medicare is at a crossroads,
but his plan puts it on a highway to bankruptcy.
- Dan Bartlett

I opposed Clinton's budget deal in 1997 because he
brought in $115 billion cut in Medicare that created
greater pressure for providers not to participate.
- David Obey

Medicare debates in Congress should result in better
Medicare benefits for all our nation's seniors.
We're not asking for special treatment for rural America,
just a fair deal.
- Bennie Thompson

I believe keeping our promises should be our highest
priority and that means saving Social Security and
Medicare while preserving the American dream for our
children and grandchildren.
- Tom Coburn

Medicare and Social Security have created the healthiest
and most financially secure generation of senior citizens in American history.
- Jim Walsh

When people see the budget, they're going to say,
'Oh, my God, I wanted a tax cut, but I didn't know
what you were going to do to health care and to Medicare and national defense.'
- John Breaux

Today, Medicare provides health insurance to about
40 million seniors and disabled individuals each year.
The number is only expected to grow as the baby boomers begin retiring.
- Jim Bunning

The first year of the Bush administration we used up
all of the surplus and ended up just with the Social
Security and Medicare surplus,
and each year worse than the year before.
- Bobby Scott

I think we will begin to see some real efforts made
to do things like protecting Social Security and Medicare.
- John Dingell

On January 1, 2006, Medicare will begin to offer a
prescription drug benefit,
and for the first time, it will place an emphasis on
preventive care and early treatment of disease.
- Michael Burgess

I'm too young for Medicare and too old for broads to care.
- Broderick Crawford

Tens of billions of dollars could be saved in Medicare
and Medicaid alone by eliminate fraud and improving patient care.
Not only would this save money, but it will save lives.
- Tim Murphy

I'm too young for Medicare and too old for women to care.
- Kinky Friedman

History suggests that attempts to privatize Medicare
by relying on private companies to offer Medicare benefits
in rural America simply will not work.
- Bennie Thompson

If we do nothing, as the Republicans suggest,
we're going to see health care costs reach a point
where small businesses can't afford it and families can't afford it.
We're going to see people turned down from pre-existing conditions.
We're going to find the Medicare doughnut hole -
a gap in coverage that's going to hurt a lot of seniors.
- Dick Durbin

Like my colleagues, I did about 10 to 15 town hall meetings on this issue;
and what I found is people came with a sincere interest to learn,
a sincere interest to cut through the rhetoric and
understand how this Medicare bill impacts them in their daily lives.
- Chris Chocola

Sometimes in this whole Medicare prescription drug debate,
we focus on the prescription drug benefit,
and I am glad we do because it is the first time we
have ever offered real help to seniors,
especially the poor, those in need.
- John Shimkus

As a former professional patient advocate,
I believe prescription drugs are an essential part
of high-quality medical treatment,
and I supported enactment of the Medicare Prescription
Drug and Modernization Act.
- Sue Kelly

The President's budget pays for only six months of
the war in Iraq and completely overlooks the transition
costs of Social Security reform.
The Administration always lied about the cost of the Medicare drug bill.
- Jim Cooper

But, also, before I even go on the Medicare prescription drug debate,
I always tell the folks in rural Illinois,
and I represent 30 counties south of Springfield down to Indiana and Kentucky,
that in this bill is the best rural package for hospitals ever passed.
- John Shimkus

What I am saying is, all health care has a problem with costs.
Medicare is growing slower than the private insurance plans.
Why? Because of their efficiency.
They don't have to give money to shareholders.
Why should be defending shareholders?
- Anthony Weiner

Rather than squander the surplus on tax breaks for the rich,
we should add a prescription drug benefit to the Medicare program,
shore up Social Security, fortify our defense,
provide a quality public education and offer economic
assistance to rural areas.
- Bennie Thompson

It is time that we provide clarity for our seniors,
informing them of the services available that will
lower the costs of their prescription drugs and strengthen
the overall integrity of the Medicare entitlement.
- Olympia Snowe

We have a serious structural deficit problem.
And it needs to be addressed.
The president is trying to address it through reforms of Social Security,
but the problem is there with other entitlement programs
like Medicare and Medicaid.
- John W. Snow

I opposed No Child Left Behind, I opposed the Medicare prescription drug bill,
I opposed the Wall Street bailout.
What the American people are starting to see is that Republican,
Republicans on Capitol Hill get it and the Democrats,
from the White House to Capitol Hill,
just don't get it.
- Mike Pence

It worries me about our unwillingness to really address
reforms and modernization in Medicare.
This thing was designed 37 years ago.
It has not evolved to keep pace with current medical technology.
- John Sununu

You can look at that by comparing Medicare's growth
rates to the private insurance world,
to the other Federal programs that we run,
by looking at the billions of dollars,
not millions but billions of dollars,
we waste every year.
- Bobby Jindal

Do you know what the overhead is of the Medicare system?
One-point-zero-five percent.
Do you know what - private insurance is 30 percent
in overhead and profits? Given a choice how I'm going to improve health care,
I'm going to take it away from private insurance profits and overhead.
Wouldn't you?
- Anthony Weiner

Traditionally, Medicare's assurance has been that for
the elderly and persons with disabilities that they
will not be alone when confronted with the full burden
of their health care costs.
- Mike Fitzpatrick

It seems as though there are Members in this body who
want to filibuster just about everything we try to do,
whether it is stopping judicial nominations,
the Energy bill, or this Medicare bill.
- Jim Bunning

What Canada has to do is to have a government connected
to the priorities of the people of which it is elected to serve.
Those priorities include ensuring medicare is sustainable,
support for the military, and tax and justice systems that work.
- Peter MacKay

A Harris poll I've seen says only 12 percent of the
electorate names taxes as one of the most important
issues facing the nation.
Voters put tax cuts dead last, behind education,
Social Security, health care, Medicare and poverty.
- Lane Evans

In fact, entitlement spending on programs such as Medicare,
Medicaid, and Social Security make up 54% of federal spending,
and spending is projected to double within the next decade.
Medicare is growing by 9% annually, and Medicaid by 8% annually.
- Jim Ryun

It was the labor movement that helped secure so much
of what we take for granted today.
The 40-hour work week, the minimum wage,
family leave, health insurance, Social Security,
Medicare, retirement plans.
The cornerstones of the middle-class security all bear the union label.
- Barack Obama

Despite the administration's long public information campaign,
for many months polls have consistently indicated only
37 percent of those eligible for Medicare say they
only partially understand the program.
- Mike Fitzpatrick

At the end of the day, my hope is that when the new Medicare-
Prescription Drug Law gets up and fully running a lot
more seniors will pay a whole lot less than they do
today for their much-needed medications.
- Dennis Hastert

And because of these programs like Medicare,
Medicare prescription drugs, Social Security,
we now have the healthiest and wealthiest group of
senior citizens that the world has ever seen.
This is a continuing commitment to that.
- James T. Walsh

To be sure, debates will linger about whether Medicare
is too large or too small.
Debates remain about the allocation of Medicare dollars.
But December 8, 2003, demonstrated that there is no
debate about this most fundamental fact:
Medicare must survive.
- Michael Johns

But, if you don't like your current Rx coverage or
don't have any coverage to begin with,
you'll now have the choice to add this new affordable
option to your current Medicare plan.
- Dennis Hastert

However, the Medicare prescription drug benefit has changed,
and if the nearly 3,000 seniors I have met through
12 town halls can represent a sample of opinion,
many seniors do not yet understand the prescription
drug program and do not plan to sign up for coverage.
- Mike Fitzpatrick

We not only heard it before 20 years ago,
before George Bush in 2001 passed his tax relief,
before in 2003 the tax relief were past,
we were told they were dead.
Before we provided prescription drugs for Medicare,
we were told it wasn't going to happen.
- Ken Mehlman

Always be a first-rate version of yourself,
instead of a second-rate version of somebody else.
- Judy Garland

All things at first appear difficult.
- Chinese proverb

Faith is taking the first step,
even when you don't see the whole staircase.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

Do first things first, and second things not at all.
- Peter F. Drucker

To climb steep hills requires a slow pace at first.
- William Shakespeare

Our "Rainbows and Butterflies" are the small miracles of our life -
the little things that are so easy to overlook,
yet so awe inspiring when we take a moment
to notice and to pay attention.
Give thanks for the rainbows, for the butterflies,
for all God's creatures - large and small,
for the bright blue sky and the soft fog and the gentle rain,
for the tree veiled in the season's first frost,
for the baby's laugh,
for the touch of a hand and the whispered "I love you."
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Seek first to understand,
then to be understood.
- Stephen Covey

When we step on the battlefield, I will be
The First Boots On and the Last Boots Off.
- LtG. Hal Moore

Today is the first day of the rest of your life.
- Anonymous


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