Congresswoman Johnson Unveils New Report Detailing Years of GOP Attacks on Seniors’ Health & Retirement Security
Dallas, TX – Fifty three years after President Lyndon B. Johnson signed Medicare and Medicaid into law on July 30, 1965, Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson highlighted a new study from House Democrats’ Seniors Task Force co-chairs, Congresswomen Jan Schakowsky and Doris Matsui, detailing years of efforts from House Republicans to attack seniors’ Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security.
“The anniversary of Medicare and Medicaid should be a joyous occasion to celebrate one of our country’s greatest achievements,” said Congresswoman Johnson. “But years of cruel and cynical attacks on these vital initiatives by Republicans have put the futures of Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security – and the millions of seniors who rely on them – in peril. After passing a tax cut which overwhelmingly benefitted the rich, Republicans have made crystal clear that they plan more cuts to Medicare and Medicaid, more premium increases for families and more tax giveaways to Pharmaceutical companies as they hike Texans seniors’ prescription drug costs.”
The report extensively examines years of specific Republican benefit cut policies that would affect older Americans, found in Republican budget resolutions since the GOP took the House Majority in 2011:
- Medicare premium support;
- Medicaid block grants;
- An increase in eligibility age for Social Security and Medicare; and,
- Repeal of the Affordable Care Act, which destroys protections for people with pre-existing conditions, imposes an age tax and raises prescription drug costs.
These proposed cuts threaten the 3,757,335 Medicare beneficiaries, 512,927 Medicaid beneficiaries over age 65, and 4,126,055 Social Security beneficiaries in Texas.
“Texas families and seniors deserve much better than constant attacks on their health care and social security benefits from Republicans in Washington,” said Congresswoman Johnson. “I stand committed to fighting for Medicare and Medicaid as long as I breathe. My Democratic colleagues and I support an agenda that offers policies that improve lives starting with a strong, detailed plan to lower the cost of prescription drugs, tough new enforcement of drug price gouging, allowing Medicare Part D to negotiate lower drug prices and demanding transparency of drug price hikes. Democrats are fighting for the people, while the GOP cravenly puts special interests first.”
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