Before Inauguration, Dems Plan MASSIVE Protest Rallies For This Date Nationwide…
The day before Martin Luther King Day, and just days before Inauguration Day, the Democrats are planning major protest rallies in response to proposals from the Republican-controlled Congress to deal with Obamacare and Medicare.
The Washington Times reported:
Mr. Sanders, the Vermont independent who emerged as a progressive hero during the 2016 campaign, warned in a “dear colleague” letter that Republicans in charge of both chambers will use a fast-track budget tool to gut the Affordable Care Act, imperiling coverage for millions.
He also said the GOP could pursue a “voucherlike” system for Medicare, a nod to House Speaker Paul D. Ryan’s longstanding plan to replace the program’s open-ended entitlement with a “premium-support” model.
The letter pinpoints Sunday, Jan. 15 — the day before Martin Luther King Jr. Day — as a day to publicly resist the GOP’s ideas.
“Rallies will be held around the country to vigorously oppose the Republican plan to end Medicare as we know it and throw our health care system into chaos,” Sanders wrote along with House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and the incoming Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY).
These rallies would come at the same time that the new Congress will see GOP efforts at “budget reconciliation” to take apart Obamacare with a majority-line vote that would stop the possibility of a Democrat filibuster.
In addition to Obamacare, the Democrats wrote about concerns over the possibility of big changes for Medicare. The Times reported:
Leading Democrats also are spoiling for a fight over Medicare, saying Republicans will get burned at the ballot box if they fiddle with the program — often called the “third rail” of politics — that covers about 55 million Americans age 65 and older and younger people with disabilities.
Mr. Trump’s decision to select Rep. Tom Price, Georgia Republican, as his secretary of the Health and Human Services Department sparked speculation that the Trump administration could be preparing for a Medicare fight, since the congressman, who succeeded Mr. Ryan as Budget Committee chief, endorsed the Medicare changes.
President-elect Donald Trump explained on the campaign trail that he wouldn’t cut programs like Social Security and Medicare but instead work to cut out things like fraud and waste.
Speaker of the House Paul Ryan’s plan to change Medicare reportedly includes giving those in the program a voucher to help them buy a private plan as well as gradually increasing the age of eligibility from 65 to 67.
“It’s important to bring the American people together to fight this radical proposal,” the Democrats wrote. “Millions of Americans voted for Donald Trump after he promised not to cut Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid. He must be held to his promises and should veto any legislation which cuts these vital and necessary health programs.”
When it comes to Medicare and Social Security, the Dems aren’t wrong here. Medicaid is a different situation as a welfare program and as such, not something people are actually “entitled” to. However, when it comes to Medicare and Social Security, millions of Americans paid into the program their entire working lives and are literally “entitled” to it.
According to the Times, Dems are concerned that the voucher program proposed by Ryan would not meet the rising costs of medical care and leave seniors struggling to pay for the care they paid to have access to throughout their working years — paycheck after paycheck.
That is a serious issue and it needs to be dealt with. Politicians stole from these programs over the years and the answer isn’t to take from the people the money they are entitled to. Find other ways and other places to cut, but there is no excuse for not taking care of our seniors when they need it the most — with the money THEY EARNED.
Trump has talked about taking on bad pharmaceutical deals and eliminate artificial state lines on health insurance — perhaps it’s time to also tackle the exorbitant costs of medical care.