Is Trump lying about protecting Social Security and Medicare? Ask him!
By Anna Daniels
Time to rip off the mantle of economic populism that Trump has wrapped himself in and expose what’s beneath it. It doesn’t bode well for those who thought pulling the lever for Trump meant that their Social Security and Medicare are safe.
While Donald Trump is busy Making America Great Again, Speaker of the House Paul Ryan is more than willing to take care of the policy making, starting with privatizing Medicare.
Let that sink in for a moment. Paul Ryan will propose legislation to privatize Medicare. Starting March of 2017.
What does the gobbledygook on his site say?
- If you are receiving Medicare right now, you will (somehow) escape the changes he has outlined for future recipients.
- If you are not receiving Medicare right now, you will get a “premium-support payment” – i.e., a check, tax credit or voucher, that will allow you to buy insurance from private insurers.
Medicare is a universal, single payer health care system for qualifying individuals.
Ryan’s plan will throw everyone into the private insurance market.
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Ryan has couched the privatization of Medicare as a needed component in the GOP unraveling of Obamacare, citing unsustainable costs for the former. This is a flat out lie. “The Affordable Care Act actually extended Medicare’s solvency by more than a decade.”
Jeet Heer at New Republic details the importance of fighting back against Ryan’s plan.
Privatizing Medicare would be a hugely unpopular move that could tear Trump’s political coalition apart. Launching a pre-emptive attack on the Ryan Plan, especially if done with maximum political theater, offers Democrats a chance to win an early victory against the Republicans. More crucially, it could mark the beginning of a long campaign of divide-and-conquer.
Resistance needs to take many forms.
Put pressure on the GOP coalition
Send a postcard or letter to Donald Trump today. Ask him what he is going to do about Paul Ryan’s attempt to undermine Trump’s promise to keep Medicare the same. Let him know “No changes to Medicare. Say NO to Paul Ryan.”
Contact Donald Trump by postal mail through the Trump Organization. Mail all correspondence to Attention Donald Trump, C/O The Trump Organization, 725 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10022. He does not accept emails, phone calls or faxes, according to Trump.com
Take pre-emptive action
Call Paul Ryan’s office (or send a letter) and say “Keep your hands off Medicare. No privatization.”
Contact Speaker of the House Paul Ryan Washington, DC office. 1233 Longworth HOB. Washington, D.C. 20515. Phone: (202) 225-3031 or Capitol Switchboard (202) 224-3121.
Democratic Representatives Juan Vargas, Susan Davis and Scott Peters were all on the record before the election saying they will not change Medicare and Social Security. Get them on the record NOW before the next legislative session begins. Democrats must go on the offense. Right now.
Reinforce the message
If you are a member of AARP, let them know that you expect them to reject Ryan’s proposal and provide total support of Medicare for not only present, but future recipients.
Contact AARP: 601 E Street, NW, Washington DC 20049 1-888-687-2277