Alexandria, VA – 60 Plus Association Chairman and Founder Jim Martin praised the passage of Congresswoman Martha McSally’s (AZ-2-R) legislation, H.R. 3590, Halt Tax Increases on the Middle Class and Seniors Act in the U.S. House of Representatives by a bipartisan vote of 261-147.
“Congresswoman McSally is in line to receive our coveted Guardian of Seniors’ Rights award for protecting our most vulnerable population. Seniors have already felt the devastating effects of Obamacare, which was passed on the backs of the elderly by cutting more than $1 trillion from both Medicare and Medicare Advantage,” said Martin. “Without this critical piece of legislation seniors aged 65 and older will be hit by raising the limit beyond which they can deduct out-of-pocket medical expenses, from 7.5 % of their adjusted gross income to 10%.
“This hidden and unfair cost-shifting of medical expenses to seniors struggling every day to get by is cruel and unconscionable,” Martin stressed. “The elderly will be hit with at the very least hundreds of dollars in additional medical expenses each year, as we’ve already witnessed by those below the age of 65.
“Seniors across America are thankful to Rep. McSally for drawing a line in the sand and fighting to put a stop to the continuous barrage of new Obamacare taxes and fees that are overwhelming seniors and stealing even more from their dwindling bank accounts. As medical costs, co-pays, premiums, prescription drugs and procedures continue to increase in cost, the very last thing America’s seniors need is another tax increase to pay for their medical care,” concluded Martin.
Martin now encourages the Senate to follow suit and pass this common sense legislation to protect seniors living on fixed incomes as well as middle class families.