Yesterday, President Obama released a budget that would reduce Social Security benefits and shift healthcare costs onto seniors enrolled in Medicare.
This proposed budget includes a "chained CPI" for Social Security, which Sen. Elizabeth Warren called "just a fancy way to say 'cut benefits for seniors, the permanently disabled, and orphans.'" Additionally, his budget would shift Medicare costs onto seniors by introducing new premiums for some, cutting safety net payments to providers serving low-income communities, and penalizing the purchase of comprehensive Medigap coverage.
This is unacceptable. (http://salsa.wiredforchange.com/o/6055/p/dia/action/public/?action_KEY=7721)
Thankfully, 107 House members signed a letter to Obama saying: "We write to affirm our vigorous opposition to cutting Social Security, Medicare, or Medicaid benefits in any final bill to replace sequestration."
Please go here to thank the "Medicare 107" and encourage them to stand strong on their commitment. (http://salsa.wiredforchange.com/o/6055/p/dia/action/public/?action_KEY=7721)
Remind them that Medicare costs less than private health insurance.
Expanding it to everyone in the US through a single-payer plan, like HR
676, would eliminate the federal deficit.
Go here to sign the petition–it's easy. (http://salsa.wiredforchange.com/o/6055/p/dia/action/public/?action_KEY=7721)
If you want to tell Obama how unhappy you are with his budget, call the White House at 202-456-1111.
The House members on the letter are here: Majority of House Democrats Call on President Obama to Reject Benefit Cuts to Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security Benefits (http://ellison.house.gov/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=963:majority-of-house-democrats-call-on-president-obama-to-reject-benefit-cuts-to-medicare-medicaid-and-social-security-benefits&catid=1:latest&Itemid=16).
Thanks for your support,
Healthcare-NOW! National Staff