President Donald Trump and the Republicans in Congress were just busted for a major lie and millions of American seniors are furious about it.
Trump and the rest of the Republicans campaigned in 2016 on a promise to protect Medicare for American seniors. Now that the Republican health care proposal has been published, we know that the Republicans were lying during the campaign and seniors are fighting back in a big way.
The nation’s largest union of retirees published a damaging letter this week, detailing the fraud that Trump and the Republicans are committing against the public. The group says Trump’s bill does the exact opposite of what he said he would do while he was campaigning.
The AARP issued a statement on Tuesday declaring its opposition to the health care bill touted by GOP leadership this week.
The letter — from one of the most influential groups in domestic policy — is the latest blow for a bill that has already seen opposition from many conservative leaders, media organizations and interest groups.
“This bill would weaken Medicare’s fiscal sustainability, dramatically increase health care costs for Americans aged 50-64 and put at risk the health care of millions of children and adults with disabilities, and poor seniors who depend on the Medicaid program for long-term services and supports and other benefits,” said the letter, signed by Joyce A. Rogers, a senior vice president at AARP.
The group represents millions of seniors across the country and has long opposed any policy it perceives as weakening Medicare, a government health care program exclusively available to the nation’s elderly.
AARP was a crucial backer of the Affordable Care Act, popularly known as Obamacare, and has repeatedly defended the law over the years.
The AARP letter said Obamacare helped strengthen Medicare, and that a tax cut for higher income workers in the American Health Care Act “could hasten” the program’s insolvency.
Seniors and advocates for senior rights are sounding the alarm about the Republican health care proposal, saying it will end up costing elderly Americans more and they’ll get worse care.
Senior citizens make up one of the Republicans’ largest voter bases. Without them, Republican politicians won’t win any elections.
The AARP represents millions of American seniors and they are a powerful force in American politics. It appears doubtful that a major health care reform bill can be passed if the AARP is forcefully opposed to it.
The Republicans are losing their voter base and the whole party could be heading toward extinction!