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Rep. Schwartz Talks Medicare in DNC Address

Allyson Schwartz helped represent the Democratic women of the U.S. House

U.S. Representative Allyson Schwartz (D-13) briefly addressed the Democratic National Convention last night, as part of a group of current and hopeful Democratic congresswoman.

Schwartz appeared alongside minority leader Nany Pelosi (D-CA), Rosa DeLauro (D-CT), and seven others, as they took turns sharing their perspectives on different issues, particularly in regards to women. Schwartz used her turn to speak about Medicare, something she says she is familiar with after caring for an elderly parent.

"Moving America forward means never going backward on America's great promise of healthcare for our seniors: Medicare," Schwartz said. "We will not let the Republicans end the guarantee of Medicare, which will cost seniors thousands of dollars and endanger the health and retirement security of millions of Americans."

Full transcript:

I’m Congresswoman Allyson Schwartz of Pennsylvania. Moving America forward means never going backward on America’s great promise of health care for our seniors: Medicare. As a daughter who cared for an elderly parent, I know medical care is not optional for seniors. We will not let the Republicans end the guarantee of Medicare, which could cost seniors thousands and endanger the health and retirement security of millions of Americans.

Americans have worked for their Medicare. They have paid for their Medicare. Whether you’re 65, 55, 45 or 35, you’ve earned your Medicare. Americans deserve the security Medicare provides. President Obama will strengthen and protect Medicare. Democrats will make the tough choices—the right choices—to reduce the deficit and to preserve Medicare, for this generation and the next.  The Democratic women of the House know that a secure retirement moves America forward.

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