Will U.S. Reps. Joe Heck, Dean Heller Vote to End Medicare/Medicaid As We Know Them For Nevada Seniors, Children, and People With Disabilities â¦
While Giving Millionaires and Big Corporations Another Tax Break The Nation Canât Afford?
IRRESPONSIBLE: Congress Expected to Vote Friday on Republican Budget Plan That Would Replace Medicare With a Voucher System That Shortchanges Seniors on Care, That Would Force At Least 136,563 Nevada Residents Off Medicaid, and Would Cost 2 Million Americans Their Jobs â¦ All While Giving Trillions in New Tax Breaks to the Rich
Washington DC â All eyes are on U.S. Reps. Joe Heck (NV-3) and Dean Heller (NV-2) with a vote expected Friday in the U.S. House on the Republican budget plan to irresponsibly give trillions of dollars in new tax breaks for millionaires and big corporations at the same time it ends Medicare and Medicaid as we know them and asks Nevada seniors, children and people with disabilities to shoulder more burden in the form of dramatically higher premiums and less care. According to the Las Vegas Sun: âRepublican House members Joe Heck and Dean Heller have both welcomed the Ryan budget idea of privatizing Medicare and converting Medicaid into block grants at least in concept.â
Tom McMahon, Executive Director, Americans United for Change: âThere is nothing courageous or responsible about Republicans in Congress who are asking millions of seniors, the less fortunate and the disabled to make more sacrifices and the richest among us to make less. If they had their way, there would be no more guaranteed Medicare benefits for seniors, only a guarantee of paying more and more out of pocket for less care after being left to the mercy to the private insurance industry. There would only be a guarantee that millions of Americans would lose their jobs â only a guarantee that Nevadaâs poor and disabled will live sicker and die younger while millionaires get another tax break they donât need and the nation cannot afford. If Congressmen Heck and Heller intend to vote Yes on ending Medicare as we know it so Paris Hilton can have another tax break, they owe their constituents a very good explanation why.â
Authored by House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI), the Republican budget plan:
Ã Ends Medicare As We Know It. According to the Wall Street Journal, the Ryan plan âwould essentially end Medicare.â Indeed, it calls for replacing the efficient Medicare system with an inefficient voucher system that would leave seniors at the mercy of the private insurance industry. According to the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office: âUnder the proposal, most elderly people would pay more for their health care than they would pay under the current Medicare system.â It has been estimated that under the Ryan plan, 10 years from now, seniors on Medicare would be to paying nearly $6,400 more than they are today. As the AARP noted: âThe Chairmanâs proposal, rather than tackling skyrocketing health care costs, would simply shift these costs onto the backs of people in Medicare.â CLICK HERE TO VIEW the TV ad âHands Off Medicare!â that Americans United for Change aired on national cable last week.
Ã Replaces Medicaid With a âBlock Grantâ That Would Shift Costs to States, Leave 136,563 in Nevada Without Care. Ryanâs budget would covert Medicaid into a âblock grantâ to the states that will not cover raising health care costs and do nothing to contain those costs. According to CBO, block granting Medicaid would shift those costs to states, beneficiaries, and health care providers. Those hit hardest would be low-income children, seniors, and people with disabilities who make up the bulk of Medicaid beneficiaries and who rely on long-term care such as nursing homes. In fact, according to a new analysis, âThe GOP Plan Could Force At Least 136,563 Nevada Residents Off Medicaid.â
Ã Robs From The Poor, Elderly, and People With Disabilities to Give to The Rich: According to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, the Ryan plan would âproduce the largest redistribution of income from the bottom to the top in modern U.S. history, while increasing poverty and inequality more than any measure in recent times and possibly in the nationâs history. Thatâs because the Ryan plan would generate at least two-thirds â about $2.9 trillion â of its $4.3 trillion in budget cuts over 10 years from programs for people of modest means, while making permanent all of President Bushâs tax cuts for high-income Americans as well as a new estate-tax giveaway in the December 2010 tax package.â
ADDITIONAL BACKGROUND ON PAUL RYANâS âROADMAP TO RUINâ â¦
- Rep. Paul Ryan has received more than $2.1 million in contributions to his campaign and his PAC from health and insurance interests.
- Nearly 90% of Americans want to increase or preserve federal funding for Medicare, and 75% want to preserve or increase funding for Medicaid.
- CBPP Analysis: âState-By-State Data: What if Ryan’s Medicaid Block Grant Had Taken Effect in 2000? ; Federal Medicaid Funds Would Have Fallen over 25% in Most States, Over 40% in Some, by 2009â
- Economic Policy Institute: âRyan plan to slash Medicaid will cost the economy nearly two million private sector jobsâ
- Think Progress: âPaul Ryan Does Wall Streetâs Bidding In Budgetâ
- Most Americans say the best way to reduce the deficit is to raise taxes on millionaires and eliminate giveaways for oil companies.
- Governors in 17 states sent a letter to Congressional leaders opposing the Republican plan to cut Medicaid by turning it into a block-grant program, which they say would âdo little to address cost growth while shifting costs to states and threatening program integrity.â
- NEW REPORT: GOP BUDGET WOULD IMMEDIATELY REPEAL âDONUT HOLEâ FIX, COSTING SENIORS ADDITIONAL $44B IN Rx DRUG COSTS THROUGH 2020