As the entire nation is focused on the Trump administration’s abhorrent treatment of minority children at the border, Republicans in Congress just quietly passed a bill through committee that will substantially affect seniors.
According to ranking member John Yarmuth who is on the House Committee of the Budget, the GOP are fast tracking their ability to gut Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid. The bill is set to go to the House floor next and is expected to easily pass.
Today during consideration of the Republican budget, Democrats offered amendment after amendment to advance the needs and priorities of the American people. We proposed protecting Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security, ending extreme cuts to infrastructure, education and nutrition assistance, and even ensuring that surviving military spouses receive full benefits with no penalties. At every turn, Republicans voted to protect their $2 trillion in tax cuts for millionaires and big corporations instead of American families.”
BREAKING: The House GOP just voted a budget bill out of committee that fast tracks ACA repeal and $2 TRILLION in cuts to Medicare and Medicaid. We need to flood them with calls to prevent a floor vote. https://t.co/qrKf490v93
— Topher Spiro (@TopherSpiro) June 21, 2018
Just a few days ago, House Republicans said that they needed to cut benefits to the nation’s entitlement programs in order to balance the budget. President Trump has vowed to never do it, but has hinted that he has changed his opinion on that.
If Republicans get their way, they say the national budget would be balanced in nine years – but at the cost of seniors.
“The time is now for our Congress to step up and confront the biggest challenge to our society,” said House Budget Chairman Rep. Steve Womack (R-Ark.). “There is not a bigger enemy on the domestic side than the debt and deficits.”
Republicans are naming their budget: “A Brighter American Future.” It would seek to privatize senior healthcare, giving seniors the option of enrolling in private plans instead of Medicare. They say this will save the federal government $537 billion over the next decade in Medicare costs.
The cuts to Medicaid would be much steeper. If enacted, it would limit per-capita payments to the poor and turn it into a block-grant program. That’s expected to save $1.5 trillion.
Social Security would be impacted substantially less than the previous two reforms, an estimated $4 billion. Republicans plan on only cutting insurance for those with disabilities and receipts for unemployment benefits.
Hidden in their budget are also work requirements for those seeking food stamps and other types of welfare.
Congressman Yarmuth is calling the cuts a sham:
(They are) a fabrication, fantasy numbers solely designed to hide the deficit-exploding impact of the GOP’s $2 trillion in tax cuts for millionaires and big corporations, while forcing American families to pay the price.”