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Since 1965, Medicare has ensured access to guaranteed health care benefits for older adults and people with disabilities. Today, 50 million Americans rely on Medicare for basic economic and health security.

Medicare is not going bankrupt.

Some members of Congress argue that we must cut Medicare benefits now to save Medicare for the future. Proposals to shift added costs to people with Medicare by increasing premiums, deductibles, copayments and coinsurance and scaling back supplemental insurance are gaining bipartisan support in Congress.

Most people with Medicare cannot afford to pay more.

Today, half of all Medicare beneficiaries—25 million older adults and people with disabilities—live on an annual income of $23,500 or less. The average Medicare household spends 15% of their income on health care costs, three times that of non-Medicare households.