Klein, facing tough reelection bid, says he’s ‘comfortable’ with his vote for health care overhaulby George Bennett | March 21st, 2010
“I really have a good sense of the district and a sense of benefits that this bill will provide to the district,” Klein said in an afternoon conference call with reporters.
“Ultimately I think it’s the right thing to do and people will judge you based on using your best judgment and I’m very comfortable that I’m using my best judgment in making this decision.”
The legislation purports to reduce Medicare payments by $500 billion over the next decade without reducing benefits. Klein’s district has about 125,000 Medicare recipients.
“These are not cuts in benefits. They’re cuts to their profit margin,” said Klein, citing Congressional Budget Office and General Accounting Office estimates that the savings can be achieved by curbing overpayments, waste, fraud and abuse.
Klein also says seniors will gain from features such as the closure of the notorious gap in Medicare prescription drug coverage known as the “doughnut hole.”
Critics say the bill’s advertised $500 billion in Medicare savings won’t be realized and the alternative will be benefit cuts, higher taxes or larger deficits.
“That figure will mean a decrease in services to our seniors and also with this bill passing you’re going to see doctors refusing Medicare patients. Our seniors are going to be adversely affected,” said Klein’s Republican challenger, Allen West.
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