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No cuts to Social Security, Medicare or Medicaid

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“Don’t dismantle our social safety net. Reject any budget proposal that uses vouchers, block grants or a bipartisan commission to cut Social Security, Medicare or Medicaid benefits.”

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    No cuts to Social Security, Medicare or Medicaid

    The budget proposal House Republicans passed last week is a full-scale assault on the middle class and low-income Americans.

    It’s a far right, conservative wish list that includes the creation of a commission designed to force future cuts to Social Security benefits, an end to Medicare as we know it by partially privatizing the program, and devastating cuts to Medicaid and food stamps.

    The House and Senate passed different budgets – and they'll be working to hammer out the differences over the next few weeks. We need to fight back now to stop these heartless, draconian cuts to our social safety net.

    Sign the petition: No cuts to Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid in the budget.

    If the budget passed by House Republicans sounds familiar, that’s because its key components are nearly identical to Paul Ryan’s infamous and deceptively named “Path to Prosperity” budget.

    On Social Security, the budget would create a “bipartisan commission” tasked with making specific benefit cut proposals to Congress and the president. The proposed commission sounds similar to the Bowles-Simpson commission, which ultimately recommended Social Security benefit cuts that hundreds of thousands of CREDO activists fought to stop.1

    The proposed Republican budget would partially privatize Medicare, giving future recipients vouchers to purchase private insurance, rather than government provided health care. When the U.S. Senate voted on a similar plan in 2013, just three Senators supported it: Ted Cruz (R-TX), Rand Paul (R-KY) and Mike Lee (R-UT).2

    It would also turn Medicaid into a single block grant program, and jam through nearly 1.8 trillion in benefit cuts over the next decade, leaving tens of millions of Americans uninsured or underinsured.3 While the budget doesn’t specify an exact figure for cuts to the food stamp program, it requires nearly a trillion dollars in unspecified cuts, some of which would reportedly target food stamps.4

    The House Republican budget proposal is a direct assault on the most important and successful elements of our social safety net, and it is up to us to stop it. Now is the time to make it crystal clear to all members of Congress – both Republicans and Democrats – that cuts to Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid benefits are unacceptable.

    Sign the petition: No cuts to Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid in the budget.

    1. "House GOP budget cuts $5.5T in spending, balances in nine years," The Hill, 3/17/15.
    2. House Republican Budget Overhauls Medicare and Repeals the Health Law," New York Times, March 16, 2015.
    3. "Proposed Medicaid Block Grant Would Add Millions to Uninsured and Underinsured," Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, March 17, 2015.
    4. "House Republican Budget Whacks Food Stamps And Medicaid," Huffington Post, March 17, 2015.