Protect Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid
Women, communities of color and allies call on Congress and the President to protect Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid
As Congress reconvenes to address the budget, the first order of business must be to protect the benefits we rely on through Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid.
Congress failed for the last 2 years to agree on proposals to manage the federal budget and the deficit, and now faces a “fiscal cliff:” without further action, cuts to the military and social programs would be phased in starting in January, 2013. The Bush-era tax cuts would also expire, meaning taxes would go up both for wealthy and middle-income people, starting in January. To avoid these consequences, Congress could just raise tax rates for the wealthiest 2% of the population, but carve out middle-income people, who need the cash to stimulate the economy. Failing that, groups associated with finance capital have advocated for a “Grand Bargain,” first proposed by the failed Simpson-Bowles commission, to cut benefits for Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid, as a trade off for some tax increases.
Cutting benefits from Social Security, Medicare or Medicaid would be especially harmful to the health of women, who live longer but have lower incomes. Additionally, women of color, who already experience a host of health disparities and difficulties in accessing critical health services would be disproportionately impacted by any erosion of Medicaid.
The “chained CPI” would directly reduce benefits paid to the elderly, estimated at 3 months of groceries a year. (See: http://www.nwlc.org/chained-
Medicare is the major source of payment for hospital and ambulatory care as well as for rehabilitation services and considerable home health and nursing home care. Forcing women to neglect necessary care at ages 65-67 would result in greater risk of complications from chronic diseases as they grow older.
Medicaid provides essential support to pregnant women, their children and people using long term care services at home, in their communities and in skilled nursing facilities. Any reduction of these benefits would irretrievably harm health and hasten death among women.
Further, the Social Security Trust Fund is entirely solvent through 2038, requiring only minor tweaks in the interim to extend into the future. Medicare and Medicaid are affected by health care cost increases, but cutting benefits will not solve those problems.
The text of the petition
On Nov. 6, women and communities of color gave the margin of victory to a President and members of Congress who promised to fight for higher taxes on the wealthy, for more public investment and for careful cuts in spending, while revitalizing the economy.
As Congress negotiates on the “fiscal cliff,” they must protect the benefits we rely on through Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid. Cutting benefits from Social Security, Medicare or Medicaid would be especially harmful to the health of women, who live longer but have lower incomes. The “chained CPI” would cut payments to women in their 80s by the cost of 3 months of groceries a year. Additionally, women of color, who already experience a host of health disparities and difficulties in accessing critical health services would be disproportionately impacted by any erosion of Medicaid. These cuts would do nothing to address the deficit. Such cuts would force women ages 65-67 to neglect needed health care, worsening chronic conditions throughout their lives. Reduced income support would force many elderly women without family or friends as caregivers to spend down to qualify for Medicaid, and experience medically unnecessary confinement in nursing homes as a result.
There is a ready solution to raise revenue: Let the Bush tax cuts expire for the wealthiest 2% of Americans.
We urge you to fight for:
1. No cuts to Social Security, Medicare or Medicaid benefits
2. Let the Bush tax cuts expire for the wealthiest 2% of Americans.
|First name||City||State||Add your personal message to be sent along with the petition|
|Kirsten||Tuscaloosa||Alabama||Fight to save all three!|
|Susan||Camp Verde||Arizona||This is a no brainer! Seriously!|
|nancy||sedona||Arizona||cut the military madness budget & raise taxes on those making over $500,000|
|Ellen||Rolling Hills Estates||California|
|Patty||Torrance||California||Isn’t it enough that the top 1% already have increased their position relative to the bottom 99% by a factor of 240? Let’s leave SOMETHING for the community at large!!!|
|S E||Studio City||California|
|Celeste||El Cajon||California||America’s middle and working classes are its real job creators. When they do well, they create demand, which creates jobs. Don;t cut earned benefits and social safety net programs just to bribe the 1% with tax breaks that don’t create any jobs anyway! Let the Bush tax cuts (including Estate tax cuts) expire! Protect America’s working people and retirees!|
|Kristen||San Diego||California||Don’t cut earned benefits for the poor and middle class, just to give rich people even more subsidies they don’t deserve. It’s ridiculous. We are watching.|
|Vera||San Diego||California||Don’t continue tax benefits to the wealthy and the corporations on the backs of seniors and the needy. Social Security and Medicare were paid for over the working years. They are not entitlements – they are prepaid insurance programs. Raise or eliminate the ceiling on payroll taxes which are extremely regressive.|
|Kenneth||Oakhurst||California||Equality for all|
|Sophia||Los Altos||California||As a doctor, I say do not cut healthcare in the elderly b/c it will only result in MORE costs. Prevention is cheaper than treating disease out of control.
The gap between the rich and poor in this country is at its peak? Regardless, the wealthiest 2% can afford to be taxed a little to help the greater good.
|Gail||Menlo Park||California||The International Monetary Fund has recommended a small tax on stock transactions. Wall Street can chip in way better than seniors and the disabled.|
|Inda S.||San Francisco||California|
|Winslow||San Francisco||California||Don’t reduce or cut Medicare or Social Security for any reason.|
|L.A.||San Francisco||California||As a woman 65 years of age who is on a very limited/fixed income, it is extremely important to me (and many, many of my friends) to have these systems in place.Also, from what I understand, the Social Security system is actually not in danger. Please remember this. It is so important for people who are not independently wealthy to have this available…and we pay for it! It is not a gift. It comes from what we earn and it is double taxed…so we pay for it twice.
Keep these systems in place!
|Robin||San Francisco||California||Punish poor women depending on Medicare to protect the wealthy? For shame!|
|Melanie||San Francisco, CA||California|
|Bernard||San Francisco||California||If we can’t protect such fundamental programs, what kind of country are we living in?|
|Catherine||San francisco||California||My mother and I are both on social security and rely on Medicare. We didn’t vote Democrat all our lives to see the President allow cuts here.|
|D||San Francisco||California||our vote said …preserve Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security.|
|Patricia||San Francisco||California||I SPENT MY WHOLE WORKING LIFE PAYING INTO SOCIAL SECURITY. I EXPECT TO GET IT BACK TO HELP ME IN MY OLD AGE. IT IS MY MONEY AND I EARNED IT. DON’T YOU DARE CUT IT.|
|Jenny||San Francisco||California||We worked hard for your re-election. As a result, you have a mandate. Please don’t cave in as you did in your first term.|
|Herschel||San Francisco||California||If you need money, bring all our troops home from the 160 countries where we have them now and use the money for our own people!|
|william||San Franciso||California||No room for the ‘grand bargain’ or what B.S. title its given. The aging population and the sick need all the help they can get. Leave the safety net alone!|
|Margaret||San Francisco||California||Don’t balance the budget on the backs of the millions of elderly women and men who rely on Social Security benefits for subsistence in this economy.|
|Robin||San Francisco||California||Remove the cap on Social Security. Put everyone into Medicare. The fix is simple.|
|David||San Francisco||California||Cutting social security makes no economic sense. These payments are one of the few things keeping the economy going, by maintaining some base level of demand.|
|Thomas||Palo Alto||California||No more cuts to social services! No more, until we’ve eliminated tax loopholes and incentives for the wealthiest among us: offshored profits, tax refunds to multi-billion-dollar companies, privileges for big investors and hedge fund managers, unrestricted CEO pay, investment banks speculating with our deposits. Enough!|
|Ellyn||161 Blossom Circle, 2D||California||You need to raise taxes on the rich, who will barely notice it. If you harm Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid you will pay for it in the 2014 elections. We’re taking names.|
|Elaine||Fremont||California||It is vital to seniors that Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security be kept intact. Get rid of loopholes, but don’t get rid of benefits. The most wealthy Americans should and must be paying their fair share. The Bush tax cuts for the wealthy should have been eliminated four years ago.|
|Terri||Castro valley||California||Social security should not be on the table.|
|Sara||2500 alhambra ave||California|
|Agnes||Fremont||California||Women are working harder than the men, because besides, the jobs that they have to deal with , after work they have deal with the family as well. Just based on that fact, we all deserve better social security , medicare and medicaid.|
|patricia t.||oakland||California||thank you Ellen Shaffer, The repugnicans are determined to destroy soc sec,medicare, medicaid and I wonder how dedicated the demoscratchers are to protecting these protections.|
|William||Oakland||California||The best way to save Medicare is to improve it and give it to everyone. Single payer now!|
|Arthur||Oakland||California||Dear mr. President and honorable congresspersons,Social security has never caused any deficit. please do not cut any benefits to our elderly! Also please increase the social security tax on higher incomes up to $140,000/year to cover 90% of the national annual income to ensure long term sustainability. It is entirely solvent.
The same measures should be applied to Medicare. In addition to cost efficiency pilots, A payroll tax increase can ensure appropriate level of funding to keep it solvent.
Medicaid is critical to ensure our most vulnerable populations have access to care. Otherwise delayed access will cause unnecessary pain and suffering and additional costs to our health care system. It just doesn’t make sense not to cover everyone.
Please do the right thing!
Arthur chen, MD
|Julia||Oakland||California||We pay for Social Security, a national insurance system supported by employees and employers. Congress has “borrowed” funds which largely accounts for shortfalls. The correct plan is to protect SS funds, not raid them. Is car insurance an entitlement program?|
|Julianna||Berkeley||California||Use this fabulous woman where she can be of best help to this country!|
|John||Berkeley||California||Seize the time!|
|joan||65 tunnel rd||California|
|Adele||Albany||California||As a public health professional for more than 40 years, I cannot stress enough the importance of these supports to help alleviate health disparities.|
|Phoebe||Berkeley||California||Tax the 2% to benefit of the increasingly and unfairly declining 98%.(typo previously. corrected above)|
|Leah||Berkeley||California||This is a “no brainer!”|
|Pam||Richmond||California||I am nearing retirement and after working for 20 years for a non profit have counted on my Social Security as my primary income for my retirement. Please protect Social Security.|
|Virginia||Campbell||California||As everyone should know, Social Security is NOT an entitlement – it is a protected budgetary program. We have paid into it since starting to work. Even Ronald Reagan said that Social Security is NOT figured into the budget. For the “lock box” that Al Gore was talking about in the 1990’s, the Lock box was raided and put “I owe yous” in it. It was never paid back, thus, the shortfall in Social Security. Go back into the archives and hear what Ronald Reagan said !!!|
|Martha||San Jose||California||Please, do not mess with our Medicare, Social Security or Medicaid! Improve them but NO TAKE AWAYS!!!!!!!!!!|
|Ed||San Jose||California||It is critical to our society to help folks who need it the most.|
|Henry||Atwater||California||Eliminate the Social Security payroll tax cap.Increase the SS payroll tax by 0.5%.
Apply the SS payroll tax to all salary reduction plans.
Add all state and local workers to Social Security.
|Diana||Rocklin||California||Cuts would be harmful to the economy.|
|Suzanne||San Francisco||California||Don’t you DARE slash Medicare! Our lives depend on it.|
|JOAN||EL CERRITO||California||PLEASE CUT MILITARY DEATH TOOLS – NOT HUMAN LIFE NECESSITIES|
|Kaaren||Westminster||Colorado||All that needs to be done to keep these programs funded is: (1) Remove the cap on Social Security contributions and (2) Charge a sliding scale for Medicare Part A premiums as is already done for Medicare Part B.|
|Tom||Littleton||Colorado||Time for The Democrats to take the courage pill!|
|Terri||306 Washington St.||Colorado|
|M.R.||Denver||Colorado||The false deficit narrative assumes elimination of Medicare, Medicaid & Social Security to subsidize continued large tax breaks for the wealthy and the decades-long wealth transfer upward. In truth, Medicare-for-All would reduce the deficit by saving $400 billion a year.|
|Nancy||Washington||District Of Columbia|
|Elizabeth||Washington||District Of Columbia|
|Elizabeth||washington||District Of Columbia|
|National Council of Jewish Women||Washington||District Of Columbia|
|Janna||Atlanta||Georgia||This affects people with disabilities of all ages and women more than many other groups.|
|Alice||Chicago||Illinois||Cutting Health & Human Services, the “social safety net”, to fund continued tax breaks for the wealthiest 2% is not only fueling mean-spirited greed & deluded self-interest, such cuts actually will lead to fiscal and economic disasters for decades to come. This is like burning all the furniture & wood in the rest of the house to keep one room warm.|
|Wayne||1749 Finntown Rd||Maine|
|Mary ann||Steuben||Maine||America has already suffered enough at the hands of the richest among us. They spend their money trying to garner support for their bank accounts while most Americans are loosing homes, jobs, or both. How long is the government going to pander to these special interests?|
|Sam||St. Mary’s City MD||Maryland|
|Barbara||Cheverly||Maryland||This administration should not cut social security benefits through Chain CPI – it represents a permanent cut in monthly funding for an increased population of elderly who will need to rely on SS because the rest of the financial sector has eliminated pensions and responsibility to share wealth produced by these now elderly!|
|julie||baltimore||Maryland||Please address the needs of ALL the people–not just wealthy, powerful people.|
|D.W.||Cambridge||Massachusetts||Millions of women and men as well as children greatly depend on these vital safety nets.|
|Sherron||Spring Lake||Michigan||Cuts to Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security will only transfer costs, not “fix” the budget.|
|Josephine||Elk Rapids||Michigan||I’m a woman and I vote!|
|Marilyn||Minneapolis||Minnesota||Social Security and Medicare/Medicaid are the bedrock of our sociey, and they must NOT be tampered with–especially not in any “grand bargain.”|
|Kimberley||Manchester||New Hampshire||Our vote said it all. Hands off!|
|Bill||Manahawkin||New Jersey||We just voted for jobs in the last election, not to cut programs that most working class people rely on for a decent standard of living.|
|Sandra||2405 Blake Rd SW||New Mexico|
|Judith||Santa Fe||New Mexico|
|Jay||New York||New York|
|Karen A||New York City||New York||The Nation’s nurses understand the importance of maintaining SS, Medicare, and Medicaid benefits on one’s health.|
|Denice||New York||New York|
|Elizabeth Wolder||New York||New York|
|john||bronx||New York||If you think the push back against raising taxes is big try messing with social security and medicare|
|LYNN AND JOHN||SUFFERN||New York|
|Phyllis||New Hyde Park||New York|
|Esther||Brooklyn||New York||Protect the old, young and sick from the meanness of those who claim to be God fearing. It is written, ” as you do unto the least of these, you do unto me.” Workers paid into SS and expect it to be there for them in old age! Those who are sick should not be uncared for because of their illness.|
|Ray||Forest Hills||New York|
|David E||Chatham||New York|
|Mildred||High Falls||New York||Millions more of our population would be in poverty without Social Security, Medicare, and especially Medicaid. The top 1% of this country must give back the special tax-cut they were given by the George Bush administration – which shouldn’t have been done in the first place. With my income increased by SS, I was able to back a loan for my granddaughter to start medical studies. On the basis of her paying back the loan (my trust proved correct, and she didn’t default), she was able to get a loan in her own name the second year – and the country will benefit from her profession as she attains her goal.|
|Andrea||61247 Route 415||New York|
|Barbara||Trumansburg||New York||The American people said this loudly and clearly when we re-elected President Obama.|
|Sidney||New York||New York|
|Louise||Bayside, NY||New York|
|Bonni||Saugerties||New York||Healthcare is a RIGHT for all People, not just a privilege for a select few.Keep our healthcare plans viable, and protect them from being destroyed!!|
|Sharon||Chapel Hill||North Carolina|
|Trude||Chapel Hill||North Carolina|
|Paul||Greenville||North Carolina||As a practicing physician, I know first-hand the importance of a strong Medicaid and Medicare program for my patients’ well-being.|
|Liddy||Charlotte||North Carolina||This is not a bargain! It does not help the Debt! It hurts OLDER people! For What? So you can look good?|
|Vernellia||Dayton||Ohio||As person who is about retire I am very disappointed that you would cut these programs in any way. Instead you should be increasing the program|
|Patricia||Oklahoma City||Oklahoma||We, the people, understand that there will be no citing to the deficit for any adjustments made pertaining to Social Security. SO, LEAVE SOCIAL SECURITY ALONE.|
|Paula||Mount Hood Parkdale||Oregon||Please understand: any of the suggested “trims” to Social Security, Medicare, or Medicaid will kill people. Real people. People who are just like your own relatives, only poorer.|
|Candace Hartman||Lords Valley||Pennsylvania|
|Gene||611 W. Upsal St.||Pennsylvania||As a physician I am only too well aware that this makes a huge difference in people’s lives|
|katherine||mesquite||Texas||we must protect women and children this is not a third world country and we worked hard this is our money leave it alone|
|Alvyn T.||jasper||Texas||Mr. President please dont compromise with the republican party.They are setting u up to have records to make u a liar n defeat any Democrat who makes a try once u leave office. You will be handing over to them what they always wanted to steal $ from S.S. .If u do this n a Republican ever get in ur seat, no 1 can yell no if they want to kill S.S. or transfere billions of funds.|
|Joe||Newton||Texas||As a clergy person, I work with the marginalized of society. Religious values demand that we take care of each other. To cut the safety net (that is already too weak) is unconscionable!|
|Mary||26703 Glenrock Hills Dr||Texas|
|Denise||Austin||Texas||I’m disabled and need SS and medicare to survive!|
|Mary Ann||Madison||Wisconsin||Being on SSDI straightened out my life. Before, pre-existing conditions restrictions prevented me from getting surgery I needed. Now, I’m finally healthy after 30 years of chronic pain issues. I still have nerve damage that prevents me from working full time, though.|
|Barbara||Little Suamico||Wisconsin||This proposal is no solution to our nation’s problems. I would rather go off the “fiscal cliff” as I would have nothing left to lose.|