Congresswoman Jackie Speier (D-San Francisco/San Mateo) today released the following statement in response to a plan by House Republicans to privatize Medicare:

“House Republicans want to turn Medicare into Medican’t. Instead of putting people back to work, the new majority is working hard dismantling our nation’s social safety net. It’s unacceptable. Privatizing Medicare is an affront to our seniors who are already struggling with the costs of everything from prescription drugs to home heating oil. House Republican leaders have touted their ‘cut and grow’ plan, but this is nothing more than a cut and run from the most vulnerable in our society.”