Ted Cruz Intros Bill to Let Seniors Use Private Health Care and Keep Their Social Security
Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) on Tuesday introduced legislation which would allow senior citizens to utilize private health insurance without losing their Social Security benefits. Under current law, if a senior opts out of Medicare Part A, he or she will lose Social Security benefits. The Retirement Freedom Act aims to reverse this. “For too long, Social Security has been wrongly tied to Medicare Part A enrollment,” Cruz said. “Seniors all across the country should be empowered with the freedom to choose a health insurance plan that fits their needs, without the fear of losing their Social Security benefits.” Democrats argue that lawmakers should focus on improving Medicare instead of finding ways for people to opt out. Moreover, some warned the GOP would ultimately seek to cut Social Security and Medicare to pay down the national debt, and pay for the president’s new round of tax cuts that passed in the House last month -- a charge Republicans have dismissed as scare tactics. Cruz’s bill has gotten support from the far-right wing of the party. More here.