As part of the budget bill passed late Thursday night by the senate Medicare will be cut by a massive $500 billion over the next ten years and Medicaid will be cut by an even more massive $1 Trillion over that same period.
To write those numbers out that is $500,000,000,000 from Medicare and $1,000,000,000,000 from Medicaid.
Every Iowan will be affected by these cuts. Medicare supplemental insurances will have to raise their rates probably beyond clients ability to pay. Doctors and hospitals will have to raise rates to make up for those unable to pay, which will raise insurance rates for those with regular insurance. This will also shift care to emergency rooms which is by far the most expensive way to get health care.
Elderly and the disabled on Medicare will forego care due to inability to pay. Along with that, fewer people will retire in order to get insurance from their jobs. Thus this will block entrance and mobility in the jobs market.
Medicaid has been a huge target for Republicans forever. The trillion dollar cuts will simply leave many of our most vulnerable without health care.
Thousands will die very prematurely if these cuts are made. All this in order to give huge tax cuts to the very wealthiest in our society. THE VERY WEALTHIEST!
That means people like Donald Trump himself. And Charles and David Koch. And Steve Mnuchin. And Michael Bloomberg. And Bill Gates. And Warren Buffet. And a few thousand more.
Iowa’s senators, Ernst and Grassley, voted to let people die so they can give huge tax cuts to those wealthiest of Americans.
It is as if the vast majority of Americans are being punished for being poor by the Republican Party. It is not bad enough to be poor, the Republican party has to take away your health care also.
Though the budget resolution itself is nonbinding, MoveOn.org’s Ben Wikler notes how the Senate passage on Thursday represents the “starting gun for what might be the most consequential legislative fight of the Trump era: the looting of the U.S. treasury to reward billionaire GOP donors and mega-corporations, at the expense of the rest of us.” And with the Senate resolution now in place, a reconciliation process can begin with Republicans in the House, meaning the GOP can “shoot for a tax bill without a single Democratic vote.”
From Senator Jeff Merkley:
In what world does it make sense to rob trillions from the nat’l treasury, all to grant a massive windfall to the very richest individuals?
Just to put things in perspective – All of this has come about through the massive amounts of money now spent on our campaigns. That money became available due to the Supreme Court’s decision in the Citizen’s United decision handed down in 2010. The Court that handed down that decision was filled with a couple of extreme right wing justices that were nominated by George W. Bush. Bush actually lost the popular vote for president and upon further examination probably should have lost the electoral vote.
However, Bush was installed into the presidency by a 5 to 4 vote by the Supreme Court in 2000. The 5 who voted to install Bush had been put on the Court by previous Republican presidents.
Be sure to thank Grassley and Ernst for voting to reward the wealthy for them while leaving the rest of us to choose between going broke or dying.
Grassley contact telephone numbers: https://www.grassley.senate.gov/explore/regional-offices
Ernst contact numbers: https://www.ernst.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/office-locations
Tell them to quit representing the wealthy and start representing Iowans!