Upton Votes to Cut $500 Billion from Medicare, Convert to Voucher Program

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Thursday, October 5, 2017
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Upton Votes to Cut $500 Billion from Medicare, Convert to Voucher Program
House Republican Budget Also Includes Huge Giveaway to Big Oil

LANSING — Today, Congressman Fred Upton (R-St. Joseph) voted for the House Republican budget that cuts almost $500 billion from Medicare over a decade and turns it into a voucher program, which means older people will have to pay far more out of their own pockets for health care. The budget also cuts Medicaid by $1 trillion over a decade and includes a huge giveaway to big oil and gas companies, an industry which has provided Upton with more than $1 million in campaign donations.

“Fred Upton began the year as the architect of the Republican health care repeal that would have given huge tax breaks to his donors at the big drug companies and left people with pre-existing conditions unprotected. Now, Upton supports a budget that cuts Medicare by almost a half-billion dollars and turns it into a voucher program, effectively eliminating the health care older Americans earned and depend on. Upton’s vote also helps his Big Oil campaign donors who get yet another huge giveaway in this Republican budget. Upton obviously cares more about fighting for special interests in Washington than for Michigan families,” said Michigan Democratic Party Chair Brandon Dillon.


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