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RETIREES IN ACTION
Speak up NOW to save your health care

We 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, and allowing Medicare to negotiate prescription drug prices.

Medicare-card-safe-unlockPresident Trump: Is silent on Social Security and Medicare. He met with pharmaceutical industry executives January 31, and changed his tune. Trump now supports block granting Medicaid and cutting it by at least $880 billion as part of the ACA replacement.

President Trump’s Health and Human Services Secretary Thomas Price and Office of Management of the Budget Director Mick Mulvaney support cutting our earned Social Security benefits and Medicare benefits.

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U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan has wanted to privatize Medicare from his first day in office. Ryan talks of Medicare privatization.

“That’s a discussion we’re having ongoing with the administration,” he said, later adding, “I do really believe we need to do Medicare reform,” on May 12, 2017, in a Wisconsin radio broadcast. And he told Fox News he would move early this year to stop guaranteeing Medicare’s benefits and replace them with vouchers or coupons that partially pay for health insurance that seniors would buy. Secretary Price also prefers vouchers.

Ryan and Price plan to cut Medicare and we will be left struggling to pay for the health benefits that can be a matter of life or death for some of us.

They also would delay eligibility for Medicare until age 67 starting in 2020. These are only a few of the changes they want to make.

Hospital stays could cost you twice as much.

If you or your loved one is receiving long-term nursing care, Medicaid is likely paying for it. That, too, would change. Millions of seniors and others could be tossed out of nursing homes for their inability to pay.

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.”

For more information about the threats to Medicare and Medicaid, I recommend you go online to the Alliance for Retired Americans’ website at www.retiredamericans.org and select Medicare under the Issues menu. Then check out the Medicare Fact Sheet.

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