Elizabeth Barrette (ysabetwordsmith) wrote,
Elizabeth Barrette
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Denial of Care = Murder

Repeal of health care support for seniors will kill a lot of them.  That's not an accident.  It's premeditated, and it is murder.  Now who's running the "death panels" ...?


Dear MoveOn member,

Here's the most important thing you need to know about the Republicans'
new budget plan: It abolishes Medicare within 10 years.1

Republicans were already threatening to shut down the government at the
end of the week,2 but the budget plan they released yesterday takes
things
to a new level.

They want to eliminate the guarantee of medical care to seniors in
America. Their budget plan would replace Medicare with vouchers that
seniors would use to pay Big Insurance. And if the vouchers aren't
enough
to pay for their care--and the Congressional Budget Office says they
won't
be--too bad.3

The plan is so radical that many Republicans won't say whether they
support it or not, so we're trying to get every Republican member of
Congress on the record by the end of the week answering a simple
question:
"Will you oppose the Republican plan to abolish Medicare?"

We don't know where Sen. Kirk stands yet. Can you call him right now
and ask? The person you talk to will probably try to dodge the question,
but do your best to pin them down. Here's where to call:

  Senator Mark Kirk
  Phone: 202-224-2854
  District Offices:
      Chicago: 312-886-3506
      Springfield: 217-492-5089


Let us know what he said by clicking here.

Republicans will try to spin the plan as "cuts" or "reforms" to
Medicare,
because they know how unpopular it is. But the plan isn't reform, it's
wholesale privatization of Medicare. Their plan abolishes the guarantee
of
care that defines Medicare.

In fact, by 2030, the CBO estimates the average senior would be paying
Big
Insurance more than $20,000 each year out of pocket.4 If they can't
afford
it, then they won't get care. And seniors aren't alone--the Republican
plan also includes devastating cuts to Medicaid, repeals the health care
reform we all fought so hard for, and gives millionaires huge tax
breaks.5

The Republicans who proposed this plan are driven by a deeply dangerous
ideology that would undo many of the greatest progressive achievements
of
the last 100 years. But the programs they're attacking are hugely
popular,
so we have an opportunity to make Republicans afraid of the consequences
of their radical proposals.

That starts with getting Sen. Kirk on the record about where he
stands on the Republican plan to abolish Medicare. Can you call
him right now and ask whether he will oppose the plan to abolish
Medicare?

Here's where to call:

  Senator Mark Kirk
  Phone: 202-224-2854
  District Offices:
      Chicago: 312-886-3506
      Springfield: 217-492-5089


Let us know what he said by clicking here.

Thanks for all you do.

--Daniel, Peter, Milan, Laura, and the rest of the team

Sources:

1. "A Conservative Vision, With Bipartisan Risks," The New York Times,
April 5, 2011
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/04/06/us/politics/06ryan.html?hp

2. "Obama, congressional leaders make no progress on budget," The
Washington Post, April 5, 2011
http://www.moveon.org/r?r=207462&id=26819-17420644-XR.goOx&t=13

3. "CBO: Seniors Would Pay Much More For Medicare Under Ryan Plan,"
Kaiser
Health News, April 5, 2011
http://www.moveon.org/r?r=207463&id=26819-17420644-XR.goOx&t=14

4. "Representative Ryan Proposes Medicare Plan Under Which Seniors Would
Pay Most of Their Income for Health Care," Center for Economic and
Policy
Research, April 6, 2011
http://www.moveon.org/r?r=207464&id=26819-17420644-XR.goOx&t=15

5. "CBO: Seniors Would Pay Much More For Medicare Under Ryan Plan,"
Kaiser
Health News, April 5, 2011
http://www.moveon.org/r?r=207463&id=26819-17420644-XR.goOx&t=16

"Tax Plan From GOP Promises Rate Cuts," The Wall Street Journal, April
6,
2011
http://www.moveon.org/r?r=207465&id=26819-17420644-XR.goOx&t=17

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