Forty-seven years ago today, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed Medicare and Medicaid into law. His vision was to provide access to quality, affordable health care to thousands of Americans, especially to those at greatest risk of experiencing barriers to services: seniors, people with disabilities, and children.
Since then, Medicare and Medicaid have become a cornerstone of health and security for millions of Americans. Sadly, Republicans in Congress are more concerned with giving tax breaks away to millionaires and billionaires than assuring these programs are around for our children and grandchildren to enjoy.
For two years in a row now, House Republicans have introduced and passed a budget proposal that calls for extreme cuts to both Medicare and Medicaid. Cuts to these and other vital health care programs could total $2.75 trillion over the next 10 years. Cuts of this magnitude—even deeper than those proposed last year—would decimate these important health care programs, ending Medicare and Medicaid as we know them.
Despite public outcry over Republicans’ attempts to dismantle our health care programs, they continue to push for bigger and bigger cuts, while fighting to keep tax cuts for the rich. It’s up to us to make sure our Representatives know how important Medicare and Medicaid are to not only us and our families but to all Americans.
Please take a moment to send a letter to the editor of your local paper describing why these programs are important to you. Whether your grandmother relies on Medicare for her health care needs or your family friends need Medicaid to ensure their children can see the doctor—all of us have a story to tell. With Medicare and Medicaid still in the budget crosshairs, it is now more important than ever that we get our stories out to the public.
These programs are far too important to millions of Americans to be the casualty of extreme anti-government ideology. They have provided quality, affordable health coverage for millions of Americans for 47 years.
That’s why we need your voice. Show your support for Medicare and Medicaid—write a letter to the editor today and help protect Medicare and Medicaid!
Thank you for all that you do,
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