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National Committee PAC Propels Social Security and Medicare Champions to Victory

National Committee PAC Propels Social Security and Medicare Champions to Victory

Endorsements by the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare PAC helped propel champions of American seniors to victory – and recapture the majority in the House of Representatives.  Of the more than 90 candidates for Congress and statewide offices endorsed by the National Committee PAC, 75 were victorious (with 4 results currently outstanding).  To earn the National Committee’s support, candidates pledged to defend Social Security and Medicare from cuts and to work toward expansion of both programs.

“Tuesday’s results are a true affirmation that voters in red and blue states cherish Social Security and Medicare and want to see these programs boosted, not slashed, as the administration and its allies in Congress have proposed.  The candidates we supported realize that earned benefits are a lifeline that keeps seniors out of poverty, providing crucial financial and health security in retirement.  The newly elected majority in the House will serve as a firewall against any attempts to weaken Social Security and Medicare – including benefit cuts and privatization – while at the same time working to improve both programs and ensure their financial viability for the future,” said Max Richtman, PAC Chair and President and CEO of the National Committee.

Seniors are Big Winners in House Elections

Voters have put champions of Social Security and Medicare back in control of the U.S. House of Representatives for the first time in 8 years.  Candidates who promised to protect and expand seniors’ earned benefits scored victories in races across the country, including many endorsed by the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare.

“This is a victory for seniors and their families who have seen their earned benefits threatened time and again under Republican control of the House.  The election results mean that Congress can cast aside the tired trope of ‘entitlement reform’ (code for cutting benefits), and work vigorously to boost Social Security and Medicare for current and future retirees,” said National Committee President and CEO Max Richtman.  “The new majority will serve as a firewall against further attempts to slash Medicaid and repeal or sabotage the Affordable Care Act –  and challenge President Trump to fulfill his campaign promises to protect Social Security and Medicare.”

Republicans Have Not ‘Changed Their Tune’ on Medicare

Dave Wiegel seems to have forgotten some very recent history about the Republican party’s posture on Medicare (How eight years – and President Trump – have changed the GOP’s tune on Medicare, 10/9/18).  Far from “abandoning” their campaign to cut Americans’ earned benefits, GOP leaders have doubled-down on it.  The ink was barely dry on the Trump/GOP tax scheme when Speaker Paul Ryan called for ‘entitlement reform’ to pay for it. He was quickly joined by a chorus of fellow partisans, most recently National Republican Congressional Committee Chair Steve Stivers.  The party has hardly declared Medicare “sacrosanct,” proposing in its 2019 budget plan to cut the program by $537 billion over ten years.

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