The battle to protect Medicare from Donald Trump and Paul Ryan is heating up fast — and Paul Ryan is already feeling defensive. Just yesterday he claimed we have nothing to worry about:
“This is the latest wave of Democratic talking points to try and play ‘Mediscare’ politics, which is what they typically do every other Tuesday.” -Paul Ryan, quoted in The Hill, 12/1/16
Don’t believe him. Paul Ryan has spent his entire career in Congress trying to destroy Medicare. He has repeatedly said he wants to cut benefits, privatize Medicare, and make it harder and more expensive for people to get health care. Seniors would have to spend money they don’t have getting the care they need.
Donald Trump has already proven he’ll help Paul Ryan destroy Medicare — and he picked Tom Price, an extremist anti-Medicare zealot to become the Secretary of Health and Human Services. Price has already suggested Republicans could act quickly in 2017 to destroy Medicare.
We know we can stop them — because we stopped George W. Bush when he tried the same attack on Social Security. The secret: mobilize the public to unite Democrats against any attack on Medicare, and go on offense against Republicans. That’s exactly what DFA plans to do.
Paul Ryan also spouted more misleading claims about Medicare. He wants you to believe that if we don’t do something, Medicare will be under financial threat in the years to come.
But the only threat Medicare faces is from extremists like Paul Ryan and Donald Trump. When Congress passed Obamacare, they extended the life of the Medicare trust fund. By expanding Medicare to everyone, the system would become even more stable — while finally making health care a right, available to all.
Several key Democrats in Congress are already saying they will fight Trump and Ryan every step of the way. Bernie Sanders has vowed to oppose an attack on Medicare. So have Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi, who are the Democratic leaders in the Senate and the House.
That’s a good start. But we have to build on this momentum right now. When we stopped Bush from attacking Social Security, it helped lead to Democrats retaking Congress in 2006 and the White House in 2008. We can do the same thing to Trump and Ryan — and save Medicare in the process.
Thank you for fighting back against Trump and his hateful, destructive agenda.
Jim Dean, Chair
Democracy for America