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babylonsister

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Sat Jun 22, 2024, 10:34 AM Jun 22

Donald Trump: A Profound Threat to Social Security, Medicare, and Seniors [View all]

http://www.smirkingchimp.com/thread/nancy-altman/110742/donald-trump-a-profound-threat-to-social-security-medicare-and-seniors

Donald Trump: A Profound Threat to Social Security, Medicare, and Seniors
by Nancy Altman | June 22, 2024 - 5:27am

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To advance his goal of undermining Social Security, Donald Trump grabbed the questionable power to go after its dedicated revenue unilaterally—something without precedent. Because Trump was limited to executive action, he was able to only defer the revenue, but he made clear that he would not just defer the revenue, but eliminate it, if he were re-elected. Insufficient dedicated revenue leads to automatic cuts. Conveniently, automatic cuts means there is no one to clearly be held accountable.

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Perhaps even more concerning than Trump’s hostility to programs that are vital to seniors is his utter disregard for their health and well-being. It was seniors who overwhelmingly bore the brunt of Trump’s completely incompetent handling of the COVID pandemic. Too many Americans, disproportionately seniors, died because of Trump.

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So don’t be fooled. Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, and drug prices are on November’s ballot. Donald Trump will be more effective this time around. The choice is clear: Trump and his Republican allies in Congress want to cut Social Security, cut Medicare, cut Medicaid, and increase the already-huge profits of drug companies while giving tax breaks to Big Pharma and their other billionaire friends. Democrats want to expand Social Security, expand Medicare, lower drug prices, and force billionaires and multinational corporations to pay their fair share.

For the sake of all of our economic security, it is essential that the American people, and seniors in particular, understand this fundamental difference between the two parties and vote accordingly.


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