In 1965, the year Medicare was created, one out of every three seniors lived poverty. Today, thanks to the success of Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security, that number is just 1 in 10.
That means fewer seniors lying awake at night wondering how they’re going to make ends meet. That means fewer adults wondering how they’re going to support their elderly parents. That means more people who can get the health care we all so desperately need.
History proves it. Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security work.
So why does Paul Ryan want to cut these programs, which have been so successful at helping Americans out of poverty?
Paul Ryan wants to cut Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid, because he thinks it’s more important to give a trillion dollar tax cut to millionaires and billionaires than to help families in need.
Since the Speaker of the House needs money to give to his wealthy donors, he thinks our government can no longer afford to help struggling Americans. Instead, he thinks we should kick those who have paid into these programs their entire lives into the cold.
In Paul Ryan’s America, there’s always enough for him, but never enough for us.
I don’t know when Paul Ryan decided that needing help was something to be ashamed of, or whether Paul Ryan’s disdain for Social Security came before or after he used his Social Security Survivor’s Benefits to put himself through college.
No matter how hard I try, I can’t understand why anyone would think it’s a good idea to push struggling people who need our help closer to the edge.
For working people like me, Social Security and Medicare mean security in retirement. It means setting up a future for myself, my son, and my mother. It means being able to rely on the benefits I’ve spent decades supporting, as a veteran and an ironworker.
I refuse to be ashamed for needing the programs I’ve paid into. I refuse to turn my back on the millions of others need that help too. I refuse to turn my back on you.
We’re going to fight Paul Ryan at every turn to oppose his efforts to cut Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid. You’re going to hear a lot from us in the coming weeks about steps we’re taking, that you can take with us, to help us defeat Paul Ryan’s awful proposals.
Thank you for all of your help and support. We won’t be able to win this fight without your help.
You are what drives this campaign forward. And because of you, we’re going to be victorious.
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