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Medicare and Social Security are extremely popular programs because they guarantee affordable healthcare and lift vulnerable people out of poverty (old age, disability or loss of a parent). Yet Congressional Republicans can't wait to turn Medicare into a voucher program and hand it over to greedy insurance companies and raise the age or means test Social Security; this will mean disaster for the millions of Americans who depend on those two programs.
We join our partners at CREDO in demanding that Congress expand Medicare (lower the age or better yet - put everybody in it) and expand Social Security (remove the cap and give our seniors the raise they deserve). Every year medical costs go up; however Social Security did not provide a cost of living adjustment (COLA) for 2016 and the proposed COLA for 2017 is woefully inadequate. These programs are popular because they work. We say, "Hands off Social Security and Medicare!"
Add your name to our petition now and Sen. Bernie Sanders will deliver it to Republicans in Congress on Wednesday!
|Stop Republicans in Congress from gutting Medicare.|
Petition to Mitch McConnell, Paul Ryan and Donald Trump:
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Medicare is a fundamental tool of economic security – a guarantee that seniors will not be denied health care just because they can't afford it. But Republicans in Congress, led by House Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, are making plans right now to privatize Medicare and hand it over to greedy insurance companies.1
The fight over the future of Medicare could come to a head as soon as the next session of Congress starts in January.
Add your name to our petition now and Sen. Bernie Sanders will deliver it to Republicans in Congress next week. We need to make it clear that any attempt to privatize, cut, weaken or damage Medicare or Social Security is completely unacceptable.
Speaker Ryan has wanted to destroy Medicare for years. His ultimate goal is to end Medicare as we know it and replace it with a privatized program in which seniors would get federal vouchers to help offset the cost of premiums charged by commercial insurance plans. It's a trick designed to create the appearance of cutting costs by shifting some of the financial burden from the federal government to America's seniors.
During the campaign, Trump repeatedly pledged that he would not attack Medicare. But then, just two weeks after the election, his senior adviser Kellyanne Conway admitted that he would "take a look at Speaker Ryan's proposal."2 One thing's for certain: We can't trust Trump, Rep. Ryan or Sen. McConnell to do what's right for America's seniors.
House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi is adamant that Democrats in Congress will remain united in opposing the imminent Republican attack on Medicare.3 But with Republicans in control of the White House and both chambers of Congress, we need a powerful show of grassroots opposition now to show Rep. Ryan, Sen. McConnell and Trump that we won't tolerate any attacks on Medicare or the rest of our social safety net.
Thanks for everything you do.
Josh Nelson, Deputy Political Director
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