Speaker of the House Paul Ryan and his allies in the 115th Congress (2017-2018) are rapidly pursuing a devastating agenda for Medicare that includes:
Repealing the Affordable Care Act that would weaken Medicare, gut Medicaid, charge older adults five times more for insurance than younger adults and force millions of Americans to lose their affordable health care coverage;
Ending traditional Medicare by privatizing it for the benefit of big insurance companies, which will make it difficult for seniors to keep their doctor and shift massive health care costs onto beneficiaries; and
Raising the Medicare eligibility age to 67, which would amount to a benefit cut for millions of Americans.
As someone relying on Medicare now or in the near future, you must insist that the promise of Medicare be upheld by our government. That’s why the National Committee — as one of the largest, most effective advocacy groups in the nation fighting to defend Medicare — is conducting a nationwide petition campaign to stop momentum in Congress for devastating cuts and dangerous privatization schemes targeting this vital program. Already we’ve delivered more than one million petitions to Capitol Hill demanding that Congress keep its “Hands Off Medicare,” but we must keep the pressure on lawmakers!
This movement in Washington to gut a crucial social insurance programs amounts to nothing less than a war on people at all levels of income and employment who are counting on health security in their retirement. The National Committee, empowered by working Americans and beneficiaries across the country, is fighting ‘round the clock to counter these growing attacks against earned benefits.