Florida Republican Sen. Marco Rubio
, a rising star in the party, told his personal story of how Medicare has helped his aging parents in defending his backing of Rep. Paul Ryan’s plan to remake the program. He challenged the Democrats to come up with a plan of their own in an Op-Ed published Thursday in The Miami Herald.
Medicare paid for Rubio’s father end-of-life care, and is paying to care for his 80-year-old mother, he said.
“America needs Medicare,” he wrote. “We need it to continue without any benefit reductions for those like my mother currently in the system. And we need it to survive for my generation and my children’s generation.
“But Medicare is going bankrupt. Anyone who says it is not is simply lying. And anyone who is in favor of doing nothing to deal with this fact is in favor of bankrupting it. Medicare will go broke in as little as nine years. No one likes this news, but it is the undeniable truth. And the sooner we begin to deal with it, the better off we are all going to be.”
He said he supports Ryan’s plan because it helps save Medicare. He then asked where is the House Democrat plan, or the Senate Democrat plan or President Barack Obama’s plan to save the program.
“They have no plan to save it, and they do not plan to offer one,” Rubio said. “They have decided that winning their next election is more important than saving Medicare for my mother and retirees like her.
“I have been in the Senate just long enough to be disgusted by the reality that Washington has too many people who think their personal political careers are more important than our country’s future.”
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