Alert: The GOP is going after Medicare.
President-elect Trump is trying to pull a bait and switch. Trump pledged to protect Medicare during the campaign, but his choice for Health and Human Services Secretary declared he will work to pass legislation ending Medicare as we know it during the summer of 2017. Speaker Paul Ryan has made ending Medicare and creating a complicated voucher system where recipients are not guaranteed coverage a pillar of his political career.
Medicare is a fundamental tool of economic security—a guarantee that seniors and the disabled will not be denied health care because they can’t afford it. More than 40 million older Americans and 8 million people with disabilities are currently receiving benefits, and nearly every American benefits from the program during their lifetime—whether by receiving benefits directly or by knowing that they won’t need to pay for health coverage for their parents.
In 2005, George W. Bush tried to privatize Social Security and progressives stopped him by working together with Democrats in Congress to just say no. Today, we support all of the great champions in Congress who are fighting to expand Medicare. And on December 7, Democratic Leaders Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi, Senator Bernie Sanders, and other Medicare champions will join with MoveOn and partner organizations to announce this petition to the national press on Capitol Hill. We’ll deliver it to every member of Congress. Sign now!
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