From NRSC, March 25, 2010:
WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) voted today against a motion to protect millions of seniors and disabled individuals from losing their Medicare Advantage coverage under President Barack Obama’s unpopular health care overhaul.
The motion, put forward by U.S. Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT), would have recommitted the President’s health care bill to the Senate Finance Committee with an amendment to strike all cuts to the Medicare Advantage program.
“With Kirsten Gillibrand’s vote, millions of seniors are now in danger of losing their Medicare Advantage coverage as part of the $529 billion in Medicare cuts contained in the Democrats’ bill,” said National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) spokesman Brian Walsh. “Clearly, President Obama, Kirsten Gillibrand, and the Democrats in Washington didn’t mean it when they promised Americans ‘if you like your current plan, you can keep it.’”
“Senator Gillibrand has betrayed New York seniors, first by voting for a bill with more than $500 billion in Medicare cuts, then by rejecting the opportunity to protect New Yorkers from losing their health coverage,” Walsh continued. “Gillibrand’s vote today will affect seniors in a real way – from chronic care management to eyeglasses and hearing aids. We’re confident that New Yorkers will hold Kirsten Gillibrand accountable this November for putting her party leaders in Washington before her constituents once again.”