An April 15th vote in favor of the House Republican budget ends Medicare and slashes Medicaid spending by $1.4 trillion. This will have a major, adverse impact on seniors. Medicare is primarily intended for people over 65 years of age, and the Medicaid program is the largest single payer of long-term care, including half of all nursing home costs.
“The Republican budget ends Medicare, raises the cost of prescription drugs for seniors and cuts nursing home care for seniors and the disabled,” says U.S. Rep. George Miller (D-CA), explaining why he voted against the Republican Budget and for the Democratic budget alternative.
“It makes college more expensive for America’s students, kicks children out of Head Start, and makes us more dependent on foreign oil. It then takes all the money it ‘saves’ from those lopsided cuts to the middle class and the poor and shovels it to the biggest oil companies in the world, the wealthiest American taxpayers and corporations that ship our jobs overseas.”
Republican budget key points:
• Ends Medicare.
• Gives tax cuts to oil companies and the wealthy.
• Takes money from middle class and low-income seniors.
• Reduces resources for children and the disabled.
“The Republican budget is unfair and unbalanced and makes the wrong choices for our economy and our future,” says Miller.
While seniors bear the brunt of the proposed Republican health budget cuts, many millions of children will also be harmed. Middle-class families will be denied real help that they need for health insurance to protect themselves. “It is ironic and outrageous that these cuts are included in a budget that also extends huge, unneeded tax cuts for the wealthiest people in America,” says Miller.
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