Last month, thanks to the efforts of thousands of dedicated health care activists, the Senate rejected the House Republican budget which would have slashed $1.43 trillion from Medicare and Medicaid while extending tax breaks for millionaires and billionaires!
But now Republican leaders are holding a critical budget vote hostage unless they can secure extreme cuts to Medicaid.
If they fail to act on this budget vote, it could cripple our struggling economy.
Tell John Boehner, Mitch McConnell, Paul Ryan and the Republican leadership that it’s time to get their priorities in order. Cutting funding for senior’s health care and putting our economy at risk isn't the way to help American families.
As a strong supporter of America’s seniors and children, I am writing because I strongly disagree with deficit reduction proposals being put forth by the Republican leadership that would cut billions of dollars from Medicaid.
Cuts to vital services provided by Medicaid would have a devastating impact both on states AND on Medicaid enrollees. If extreme cuts to Medicaid are put forth, it could cut funding for nursing home residents, forcing many seniors to be kicked out of their nursing homes; and eliminate access to quality health care for millions of children, meaning sick kids wouldn’t be able to see a doctor.
Beyond the human toll that would be experienced by Medicaid enrollees and their families, extreme cuts would have a significant and harmful effect on state economies and jobs. Across the country, federal Medicaid assistance helps foster millions in business activity and supports thousands of jobs.
I know we must address future deficits and put our nation on a sustainable fiscal course. But that need not – and should not – entail putting jobs at risk, increasing poverty and hardship, and eliminating access to quality, affordable health care for seniors, children, and people with disabilities.
At a time when we are still recovering from the economic recession, Americans want solutions that will help seniors, children, and the middle class, not dangerous politicking that will hurt consumers. I urge Congress to reject any plans that make extreme cuts to Medicaid and focus on real solutions that will make a difference for American families.
Thank you for your time,
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