“President Trump’s 2020 budget proposal shortchanges seniors by slashing $845 billion from Medicare, cutting $25 billion from Social Security Disability Insurance, and gutting Medicaid by 1.5 trillion. And, to push the heads of seniors further under water, the White House budget also proposes to eliminate federal grants that help pay for programs under the Older Americans Act, such as Meals on Wheels and home heating assistance for the elderly poor.
The tax cuts for the wealthy, the failure to allow Medicare to negotiate drug prices and another budget that pushes more seniors over a financial cliff shows that this administration is not plugged-in to the realities of being elderly in America.
The 116th Congress offers the hope of progress, however, with legislation that would boost Social Security benefits and expand Medicare coverage to include dental, hearing and vision services, changes that an overwhelming majority of Americans support. Congress must quickly reject this callous budget proposal — and take decisive action to enhance the well-being of older Americans.” – Max Richtman, President and CEO of the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare
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