June 11, 2015
“Political horse-trading in Washington is certainly nothing new. However, a deal brokered by House leaders that sets up a vote to cut Medicare as part of the trade package — with a promise that Members of Congress can undo their vote later – shows just how disconnected Congress has become from the Americans who are actually impacted by these important decisions.
For millions of seniors and their families a vote to cut Medicare is a vote to cut Medicare. Period. There are no ‘do-overs.’ Members of Congress should not delude themselves into thinking they can be against cutting Medicare, after they were for it, and expect the American people will forgive and forget. The inevitable campaign attack ads by political opponents literally write themselves — ‘Congressmember X voted to cut $950 million from Medicare.’ You can be sure these ads won’t mention the second vote which House leaders now promise will repair the damage that never should have been inflicted in the first place.
Cutting Medicare to pay for everything else under the sun has become a habit that Congress needs to break. This trade vote is the perfect time to do it.
Medicare isn’t Washington’s ATM. The American people understand this. Members of Congress who don’t will undoubtedly be reminded very clearly by their political opponents and voters come Election Day.”…Max Richtman, NCPSSM President/CEO
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