Attacks on Medicare, Medicaid


Americans are facing unprecedented attacks on Medicare, Medicaid
and Social Security coming out of the current administration and
congress. Candidate Donald Trump proposed: No cuts to Social
Security, No cuts to Medicare, allowing Medicare to negotiate
prescription drug prices. Since the election Donald Trump: Is silent
on Social Security and Medicare, Met with PhRMA executives Jan. 31
and changed his tune. Supports Block granting Medicaid and cutting
it by at least $880 Billion as part of the ACA replacement. HHS
Secretary Price and OMB Director Mulvaney support cutting our
earned Social Security benefits and Medicare Benefits. Paul Ryan has
wanted to privatize Medicare from his first day in office. Ryan talks
Medicare Privatization “That's a discussion we’re having ongoing with
the administration, he said, latter adding, I do really believe we need
to do Medicare reform” Speaker Paul Ryan May 12, 2017, Wisconsin
radio.
Ryan and Price plan to cut Medicare see fact sheet below from our
friends at the Alliance for Retired Americans. We need to tell the
president to keep his promises “No cuts to Social Security”-“No cuts
to Medicare”-“Allow Medicare to negotiate lower prescription drug
prices”.
MEDICARE AT RISK
IN 2017
Fact Sheet from ARA

Speaker Paul Ryan told Fox News that he would push legislation in
early 2017 that would end Medicare’s guaranteed health care benefits.
For years Ryan has worked to replace Medicare with a voucher or coupon
for seniors to use to purchase their health insurance. This threat to our
earned health care benefits became even more serious when President-

elect Donald Trump nominated Rep. Tom Price to be the Secretary of
Health and Human Services. Like Ryan, Price has vowed to privatize, cut
and change Medicare to a voucher program.
Speaker Ryan said he would bury the Medicare changes in the legislation
to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. This strategy is an effort to
confuse and distract Americans who overwhelmingly support and depend
on Medicare and wish to see it strengthened, not destroyed. This is not
the first time Speaker Ryan has tried to dismantle Medicare or
Medicaid and his plans are available on his website. They include:
End Medicare’s Guaranteed Benefits
 Raise the Medicare Eligibility Age from 65 to 67: This would deny
nearly 5 million seniors insurance starting in 2020. By 65, most
Americans have at least one chronic medical condition that would
make the purchase of private insurance prohibitively expensive and
difficult to obtain.
 Vouchers or Coupon-care: Instead of a Medicare card which
provides access to health care, seniors would receive a limited
voucher or coupon. These coupons would contribute toward the
purchasing of a traditional Medicare plan or a private insurance policy
and would require beneficiaries to pay significantly more out-of-
pocket.
 Medigap Plans Will Cover Less: Today Medigap insurance plans
are allowed to cover most of a beneficiary’s co-payments. The Ryan
Coupon-Care Voucher Plan would change the rules and Medigap
policies would no longer be able to cover deductibles. Medigap plans
would also be limited in how much of the difference between the
deductible and the out of pocket cap could be covered.
 Costs Shifted to Seniors: Speaker Ryan’s Coupon-Care Voucher
Plan would double hospital stay copayments and would substantially
increase all deductibles.
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Gutting Medicaid
Medicaid pays the long-term care costs for millions of seniors and provides
health care services to people with disabilities and low-income Americans.

Ryan and Price’s vision includes drastic changes to states’ Medicaid
programs as well as 25% cuts in funding. States would be forced to cut
benefits to their most vulnerable people or increase state taxes to make up
the difference.
THIS IS NOT WHAT THE PRESIDENT PROMISED AND WE NEED TO
TELL OUR CONGRESSMAN Tom Reed IT IS NOT WHT WE VOTED
FOR!
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