Last week, Senators Lieberman and Coburn introduced a new front in the war on senior citizens: unprecedented cuts to the Medicare program that raise the eligibility age to 67 and force seniors to pay more for prescription drugs.
We’re fighting back by expanding our campaign to protect Social Security to include Medicare and other social safety net programs — and refusing to support to ANY politician in favor of cutting these programs. Will you join us?
Thanks so much of your support of our campaign so far. We won’t rest until cuts to Social Security, Medicare and other critical safety net programs are off the table.
Digital Strategy Director
PS: You can read more about Lieberman/Coburn in the email I sent to supporters last week, copied below.
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From: Brian Sonenstein, Firedoglake.com (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Subject: NO CUTS. PERIOD.
Lieberman is ginning up "bipartisan support" for cutting Medicare.
The war on our social safety net is now fully underway.
Senators Joe Lieberman and Tom Coburn have introduced a bill to cut Medicare benefits, increase health insurance premiums and raise the retirement age for seniors over the next 10 years. Lieberman introduced the bill in order to demonstrate "bipartisan support" for cutting Medicare benefits as part of the ongoing debate over the debt ceiling.
Support for cutting seniors access to health care among the political classes is growing quickly, and we need to escalate our efforts right now. Our pledge to protect Social Security is no longer enough — we are now in a fight to save the entire social safety net.
It’s time to Say NO to Joe Lieberman and vow not to vote for or donate to any politician looking to cut social safety net programs like Medicare and Social Security.
The threat to Medicare is becoming more and more real. Yesterday, President Obama signalled his support for the kinds of cuts to Medicare that Republicans have been demanding for months, saying, "I think we can actually bridge our differences. I think there’s a conceptual framework […]we need to look at the whole budget.1
The Lieberman/Coburn bill is designed to provide a semblance of bipartisanship so that members of both parties can be unrestrained in sinking their teeth into social safety net programs. It specifically advocates cutting $640 billion in Medicare benefits over the next ten years as part of a greater campaign by powerful interests to balance the budget on the backs of seniors and the middle class.
Our campaign to protect Social Security has been strong and is by no means over. With over 60,000 people standing together to say NO to cutting retirement benefits, we need to expand our campaign to include seniors access to healthcare and our social safety net as a whole.
Republicans have repeatedly stated that deficit negotiations cannot move forward without including cuts to social safety net programs, and Democrats, led by President Obama, seem to be willing to give in to their will. Hopefully, with your support, we can demonstrate that we won’t stand for it.
Thank you for your commitment to standing up for these critical programs that provide important services to our most vulnerable citizens.