There’s no question that it’s important for our nation’s leaders to grow our economy and add jobs. They also need to address our fiscal health and work to reduce the budget deficit.
But just as important is how we accomplish this goal. Some leaders – including Speaker John Boehner and Senator Mitch McConnell – would cut health care programs like Medicaid, putting the burden on the middle class. But non-partisan, independent research shows there’s a better way.
By closing tax loopholes for the super rich, responsibly reducing military spending, and eliminating waste, we can reduce our deficit by trillions – that’s Trillions with a ‘T.’
So it begs the question, why are some leaders pushing for cuts to health care when we can achieve significant deficit reduction without putting middle class Americans at risk?
Congressional leaders are pushing to complete a deficit plan by the end of the year. If you want to see deficit reduction that takes a balanced approach – NOT extreme plans that cut health care – now is the time to act. It’s easy to do, just sign this petition.
Further, I agree with leaders in both parties that addressing our nation’s fiscal health is vital for long-term growth in America. However – with many families still struggling in this economy – I feel strongly that now is not the time to cut programs, like Medicaid, which provide a vital safety net for middle class families.
That’s why, as your constituent and a strong supporter of health care for American families, I am writing to ask that you join me in supporting a balanced approach to deficit reduction.
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 included, funding for nursing home residents could be slashed, which would cause many seniors to get kicked out of their nursing homes. Not only that, but the cuts could 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 Medicaid enrollees and their families would experience, 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.
However, through closing tax loopholes for the super rich, responsibly reducing military spending, and eliminating waste, it is possible to reduce our deficit by trillions of dollars, without cutting vital health care programs.
While I know we must address future deficits and put our nation on a sustainable fiscal course it is important that we don’t harm our struggling middle class by putting jobs at risk, increasing poverty and hardship, and eliminating access to quality, affordable health care for seniors, children, and people with disabilities.
I ask for your support in pursuing a balanced plan that protects programs like Medicaid, while addressing the real concerns posed by our budget deficit.
Thank you for your time.