Wednesday, November 22, 2017
Keep your government hands off my Medicare
For some reason the corporate media doesn't bother to point out that the Republican tax bill, whether the House or Senate version, will perforce immediately cut Medicare by $25 billion and force ever deeper cuts in the years ahead. This is because existing law requires cuts in spending to make up for tax cuts. The congressional leadership and the head of the Office of Management and Budget are hostile to Medicare -- they want to eliminate it entirely. This is true.
Remember that in the 2010 midterms, the Republicans claimed that the Affordable Care Act cut Medicare and that they were the defenders of Medicare against Democrats. The claim about the ACA was misleading at best -- it reduced some payments to providers but did not cut benefits. But enough voters believed them to produce big Republican gains. The current Resident campaigned on a promise to protect Medicare and Medicaid, but of course he was lying, as he is every time his lips move.
Do you or your parents or grandparents depend on Medicare? You might mention this to them, since CNN won't.