Republican scheme chokes the programs and deny older adults benefits they have counted on for retirement. We mapped the pain.
How does the GOP scheme work? Raise the age from 65 to 70 and fewer adults will get their benefits. Raise the age limit to 80 and even fewer will get benefits. Raise the age limit to 120 years and no senior will ever get their Medicare! Give the money from cheating seniors of their benefits to wealthy Republican donors as tax cuts.
Credit to Rick Scott (R-FL) the former CEO of Columbia/HCA who made a fortune despite his firms having to reach a Medicare fraud settlement with the Justice Department for fines totaling $1.7 billion. Read the Republican plan that puts Medicare and Social Security on the chopping block.
"Several influential Republicans have signaled a new willingness to push for Medicare and Social Security spending cuts as part of future budget negotiations with President Biden. Their ideas include raising the age for collecting Social Security benefits to 70 from 67 and requiring many older Americans to pay higher premiums for their health coverage. The ideas are being floated as a way to narrow government spending on programs that are set to consume a growing share of the federal budget in the decades ahead." - NY Times
Vote for Democrats to protect your Medicare and Social Security
Democrats fight for seniors
Mr. Biden has made securing Social Security and Medicare a late addition to his closing economic messaging, and Democratic candidates have barraged voters with a flurry of advertisements claiming Republicans would dismantle the programs and deny older adults benefits they have counted on for retirement.
Mr. Biden has repeatedly said he will not agree to cuts to Social Security, which provides retirement and disability pay to 66 million Americans, or Medicare, which provides health insurance to about 64 million people. He has also accused all Republicans of putting both programs on the chopping block, based on the possible outcomes of proposals put forth by two Republican senators, which party leaders have not embraced.
“You’ve been paying into Social Security your whole life. You earned it. Now these guys want to take it away,” Mr. Biden said during a visit to Hallandale Beach, Fla., on Tuesday. “Who in the hell do they think they are? Excuse my language.” - NY Times
Retire with dignity and respect
American retirees “had long hours and sore backs and bad knees to get that Social Security,” Mr. Obama said. “And if Ron Johnson does not understand that — if he understands giving tax breaks for private planes more than he understands making sure that seniors who have worked all their lives are able to retire with dignity and respect — he’s not the person who’s thinking about you and knows you and sees you, and he should not be your senator from Wisconsin.”
Mr. Johnson has proposed subjecting Social Security and Medicare to annual congressional spending bills instead of operating essentially on autopilot as they do now. That would leave the programs susceptible to Washington’s frequent and fraught debates over funding the government, making it more difficult for retirees to count on a steady stream of benefits. - NY Times
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People are smart. Give them the facts so they can filter out the political posturing and make an informed decision. How old are they? How would the Republican plan to raise the age limit for Medicare impact them? When would they get the benefits they have earned? How many people in their county don't have health insurance? And with this information they can decide whether to vote for Democrats who have vowed to protect their benefits to Republicans who want to reduce their benefits.
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TakeAway: Vote for Democrats to protect your Medicare and Social Security benefits.
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