REMINDER: Republicans Want to Cut Social Security & Medicare
September 23, 2022
Republicans just can’t help themselves — they keep coming out and saying they want to put Social Security and Medicare on the chopping block.
Over and over, Republicans have grabbed the “third rail” of politics and publicly stated their plans to end Social Security and Medicare as we know them.
POLITICO: “For two decades, campaign after campaign, Republican politicians have floated the idea of privatizing government entitlement programs including Social Security and Medicare.”
Republicans in Congress and on the campaign trail are publicly stating their plans to jeopardize or cut these crucial benefits and leave the American people in the lurch.
POLITICO: “Don Bolduc, New Hampshire’s GOP Senate nominee… advocated privatizing Medicare during a campaign town hall in early August… New Hampshire’s 307,000 Medicare recipients made up roughly one-quarter of the state’s population in 2020, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation, while Social Security recipients totaled 321,000 in the state as of last year.”
NBC News: “In major Senate and House races across the country, GOP candidates have called for cutting long-term Social Security spending…”
Washington Post: “Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) has suggested that Social Security and Medicare be eliminated as federal entitlement programs… Johnson suggested that Social Security and Medicare be transformed into programs whose budgets are appropriated by Congress on an annual basis.”
Extreme Republicans aren’t getting the message — the American people overwhelmingly support Social Security and Medicare. And while millions of Americans rely on these benefits, Republicans are on a mission to strip them away.
POLITICO: “[Social Security and Medicare] are hugely popular with voters, who plan their retirements around those benefits… Still, the idea hasn’t totally left the GOP ecosystem, despite the idea’s unpopularity.”
NBC News: “The Republican Study Committee, a large group of House conservatives, proposed a budget in June that would incrementally raise the retirement age to collect Social Security, based on changing life spans, and lower benefits…”
One thing is clear: Republicans are so wildly out of touch with the American people that they will keep trying to cut Social Security and Medicare — even after decades of the American people telling them “No.”