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Senators Lieberman and Coburn WAR ON SENIORS/LETTERS

In EYE ON CITRUS, EYEONCITRUS.COM, Senators Lieberman and Coburn WAR ON SENIORS on kp50 at 311106

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?

Sign our pledge to protect the social safety net and refuse to support ANY politician in favor of making cuts.

Click here to add your name: http://action.firedoglake.com/page/s/medicare-cuts

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.

Deepest thanks,

Brian Sonenstein
Digital Strategy Director
Firedoglake.com

PS: You can read more about Lieberman/Coburn in the email I sent to supporters last week, copied below.

———- Forwarded message ———-
From: Brian Sonenstein, Firedoglake.com (
act@firedoglake.com)
Subject: NO CUTS. PERIOD.

Lieberman is ginning up "bipartisan support" for cutting Medicare.

Pledge to unconditionally oppose cuts to the social safety net.

Take the pledge.

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.

Say No to Joe: Add your name to our pledge not to vote for or donate to any politician who advocates cuts to social safety net programs like Medicare and Social Security.

It’s time to draw a line in the sand. Click here to sign: http://action.firedoglake.com/page/s/medicare-cuts

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.

Sign our letter pledging to withhold support for any politician who seeks to cut social safety net programs like Social Security and Medicare.

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.

Best,
-Brian

Brian Sonenstein
Firedoglake.com

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