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Senate Republicans propose to slash billions from Medicare

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Written by Diane Archer

Congressional Republicans are moving full speed ahead to gut Medicare, with no interest in honoring Trump’s repeated campaign promise not to touch Medicare. Senate Republicans now propose to slash billions of dollars from Medicare. Vox reports that the plan is to cut $450 billion from Medicare over 10 years. Can it pass?

Vox reports that if the Senate Budget committee adopts this proposal, it is still not likely to pass because it would need support from eight Democrats. But, if Trump were willing to sign off on these cuts—and there’s good reason to believe he would be—according to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, the Senate could pass this proposal through the budget reconciliation process, which would mean that it would not need Democratic support.

Sen. Bernie Sanders, who sits on the Senate Budget Committee, called out Republicans for proposing cuts that undermine President Trump’s campaign promise and drive up costs for older and disabled Americans with modest incomes, while also proposing tax cuts that help the most wealthy Americans.

Senator Cole and his colleagues want cuts in Medicare, Social Security and Medicaid to pay for tax cuts for the wealthy and additional defense spending.

Not surprisingly, the U.S. Republican-controlled House also wants massive Medicare cuts. On October 5, the House passed a cut to Medicare of almost $500 billion in its fiscal 2018 budget resolution. In addition, the House voted to raise the Medicare eligibility age from 65 to 67. And, it voted to turn Medicare into a voucher program. Moreover, it voted to slash Medicaid by more than $1 trillion.

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  • This article has an inaccuracy. Budget resolutions need only a simple majority to pass. We need all Democrats to vote no as well as to persuade three Republicans to do the same for the budget proposal to fail in the Senate. Then will come a similar fight to keep the tax reform bill as it is presently written from passing the Senate. This is because the budget resolution passed by the House has made tax reform subject to reconciliation.

    • You are correct. Thanks for picking up the error, which I have corrected in the post. Vox reported it incorrectly. I should have verified.
      Thank you, Diane

  • REPEAL: WEP & GPO !!! AMERICAN WIDOWED WOMEN (WHO TEACH)….NEED THEIR SURVIVOR BENEFITS WHEN RETIRING! WHO GETS TO KEEP MY DECEASED HUSBAND’S MEDICARE AND SOC SEC CONTRIBUTIONS….IF NOT ME, AS HIS WIDOW ??? REPEAL: GOVERNMENT PENSION OFFSET…ASAP !!! SUPPORT: LARSON’S HR 1902.

    • I agree totally. I get my husbands and someone gets mine which is above many others. Who approved Pensions for Gov’t workers? They did. Who are their employers? We are. We need a vote on this. This is why Gov’t debt is 1/4 the Soc. Sec. debt per year. The get too much for what they do and it always carries a bias. Term limits with no pension is the way to go with these matters. You never hear the Gov’t complaining about their own Debt. They act like the are entitled to our Tax dollars.

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