U.S. Rep. Rick Larsen (D-Everett) held a town hall meeting May 20 at Country Meadow Village to discuss the vote taken a month before in the House of Representatives that would turn Medicare into a voucher system, starting with people younger than 55. The plan, which passed 235-193 on April 15, also would eliminate benefits recently implemented in the Affordable Care Act of 2010, directly affecting people on Medicare.
The bill was voted down in the Senate by a vote of 57-40, with five Republicans voting against it.
“These are important issues for our residents and their families,” Country Meadow Village Program Director David Bricka said. “We are honored that Congressman Larsen chose to come to our community to discuss them with us because we all like to stay informed on current events.”
“This has been such a great opportunity to educate people about this bill,” Executive Director Tracy Willis said. Prior to Larsen’s visit, residents read material about the Republican proposal and were encouraged to come up with questions for the congressman.
After an hour-long question-and-answer session, attendees were treated to homemade cookies, coffee and tea in the private dining room. Larsen also visited Country Meadow Village’s new satellite branch of the Sedro-Woolley Museum.
Several days later, after returning to Washington D.C., Larsen had a second opportunity to vote down the Medicare proposal.
He released this statement on June 1: “House Republicans are not giving up on their plan to end Medicare as we know it. Today they once again tried to pass the Ryan budget that would slash the critical medical benefits that seniors need and deserve.
“Local seniors have made it clear to me that they want me to continue fighting to protect Medicare, and I want to assure them that today I voted against the Republican plan to slash Medicare.”
Pictured: Country Meadow Village Executive Director Tracy Willis, U.S. Rep. Rick Larsen and Country Meadow Program Director David Bricka pose for a photograph during Larsen’s May 20 visit to the retirement community