As Medicare and Medicaid Turn 58, MAGA Republicans Remain Hellbent on Slashing These Essential Programs

On Medicare and Medicaid’s 58th anniversary, here’s your reminder that MAGA Republicans are running on an extreme agenda to slash these essential programs that hardworking Americans and seniors rely on. While President Biden has vowed to protect Medicare and Medicaid, Republicans are trying out-MAGA each other with their all-out war on these essential programs while they cozy up to special interests. 

MAGA Republicans running for president have pushed an agenda of ripping away essential programs from hardworking Americans and seniors across the country. 

Washington Post: “His avowed stance, however, is at odds with Trump’s own record as president: Each of his White House budget proposals included cuts to Social Security and Medicare programs.”

Semafor: “During his time in Congress, meanwhile, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis voted for a series of budget resolutions crafted by the conservative Republican Study Committee that would have voucherized Medicare for new beneficiaries, slowed Social Security cost of living increases, and raised the retirement age for both programs.”

Scott: “We also have to look at the overall entitlement state of our nation. … In order for us to tame the tiger, we’re going to have to take a serious look at the overall entitlement state that we have.”

Washington Post: “Nikki Haley, the former South Carolina governor and United Nations ambassador who is planning to announce her own presidential bid this month, also praised Ryan’s Medicare proposal at the time and said lawmakers should examine Medicare and Social Security spending to address federal debt.

“‘What they need to be doing is looking at entitlements,’ Haley said in a 2010 interview on Fox News. ‘Look at Social Security. Look at Medicaid. Look at Medicare. Look at these things, and let’s actually go to the heart of what is causing government to grow, and tackle that.’”

New York Times: “Mr. Pence says Social Security and Medicare must be trimmed back as part of any serious plan to deal with the national debt.”

Christie: “We’re going to have to reduce Medicare benefits. We’re going to have to reduce Medicaid benefits. We’re going to have to raise the Social Security age. We’re going to have to do these things. We’re going to have to cut all types of other government programs that some people in this room might like.’”

Instead of protecting essential programs for working families, MAGA Republicans have helped special interests line their pockets with tax giveaways. 

New York Times: “A new tax break that President Trump frequently touts as a boon to Black Americans and hard-hit communities is spurring relatively little job creation while disproportionately helping high-profit real estate projects and not small businesses, an extensive new study by the Urban Institute has found.”

Scott: “In 2017, I was one of the architects of reforming the personal side of the tax code.”

Seeking Rents: “Last year, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and the Republican-controlled state Legislature teamed up to pass a pair of bills that made it easier for billionaires to hide their fortunes from the outside world — and from federal taxes.”

CNN Opinion: “Haley proposed a tax swap, a lowering of the top marginal income tax rate for the wealthiest South Carolinians in exchange for an increase in the gas fee that everyone pays.” 

IndyStar: “Gov. Mike Pence on Tuesday signed into law a package of tax cuts for business that would give Indiana one of the nation’s lowest corporate tax rates. Senate Bill 1 would reduce the corporate income tax to 4.9 percent from 6.5 percent by 2021, making it the second-lowest in the country.”

Richmond Times-Dispatch: “Youngkin seeks additional $1 billion in individual, corporate tax cuts”

“The governor’s new tax plan would lower the top individual income tax rate from 5.75% to 5.5%, despite a recent state study that recommended moving in the opposite direction to make the state’s income tax system fairer to Virginians who pay a higher share of their income in taxes than the wealthiest taxpayers.”

“The governor wants to provide tax relief to businesses by cutting the corporate income tax rate from 6% to 5%.”

Republican presidential hopefuls have railed against expanding Medicaid in their own states — leaving millions of Americans uninsured and forcing their constituents to pay exorbitant out-of-pocket costs to receive essential care.

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NBC News: “Haley opposed efforts to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act (South Carolina remains just one of 11 states that hasn’t expanded Medicaid to allow more Americans to have health insurance).”

New York Times: “Youngkin said it was ‘a sad thing’ that Virginia had expanded Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act”