Rocky Mountain Values today reminds Coloradans that the open enrollment deadline for Medicare ends TODAY, Thursday, December 7th. Go to www.medicare.gov for more information.
“As of May 2023, there were more than 1 million residents with Medicare in Colorado,” stated Justin Lamorte, Executive Director of Rocky Mountain Values. “During moments like this, Colorado is reminded of the critical importance of these earned benefits that so many of us have been paying our whole lives and have earned the access to the program. Coloradans want to know that we can count on Medicare to be there for us when we turn 65."
Medicare is a federal health insurance program that covers people who are 65 or older, certain younger people with disabilities, and people with End-Stage Renal Disease. Over the past several years, the House Republican Study Committee, an extreme group in Congress, has focused on cutting Medicare. Rep. Boebert is a member of the Republican Study Committee.
In November, Speaker Johnson and the House GOP started to stand up a “fiscal commission,” kickstarting a closed-door process that is expected to work to cut Medicare and Social Security.
In line with the Republican Study Committee’s past budgetary proposals, which Rep. Boebert is a member of, this fiscal commission could propose raising the retirement age for Social Security and Medicare, cut benefits from those programs, cut veterans’ benefits, and make massive cuts to other programs working families rely on, such as food and housing assistance and health care.
Rocky Mountain Values joins with efforts by national Social Security, Medicare and seniors’ advocacy groups including AARP to oppose this fiscal committee’s focus on cutting the benefits that Coloradans have earned. Here is a letter by Social Security Works’ letter opposing the fiscal commission signed by over 100 organizations.
Rocky Mountain Values is calling on Congress to take alternative steps to address the nation’s debt that don't put the burden on hardworking families and instead focuses on large corporations paying their fair share of taxes.
“There is a reason that Social Security, Medicare and seniors’ advocacy groups strongly oppose a fiscal commission,” said Lamorte. “This fiscal commission will look to fix our debt issues on the backs of hard working Americans. The best way to address the debt without harming working families and seniors would be to make corporations pay their fair share, but Republicans have become increasingly opposed to raising taxes on the rich and even want to extend their 2017 tax scam. We will work to help ensure that doesn’t happen.”