Congressional Republicans are gearing up to not only strip health care from the 20 million Americans who get it through Obamacare – they’ve announced plans to kill Medicare as well.
You may hear reporters calling it “phasing out,” “privatization,” or most cowardly, “reform,” but let’s be 100% clear: Medicare is government-guaranteed, single-payer health care. Writing retirees a check and saying “good luck finding private insurance, hope this covers it” is neither of those.
Talking Points Memo has been rallying Democrats against the plan. Not only is it terrible policy, it’s terrible politics for Republicans. Voters skew older anyway, but midterm voters skew really old. Democrats shouldn’t just fight this defensively – they should be out front educating voters about how Republicans are trying to destroy one of the most effective and popular programs the government has ever given them.
TPM has been asking readers to call their members of Congress to ask if they oppose the Republican plan to kill Medicare. Here are the results for Massachusetts:
AGAINST PHASING OUT MEDICARE UNDER RYAN PLAN
- Sen. Ed Markey (D-MA), according to a TPM reader who called his office
- Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), according to a TPM reader who called her office
- Rep. Mike Capuano (D-MA), according to a TPM reader who called his office
- Rep. Katherine Clark (D-MA), according to a TPM reader who called her office
“We’ll Get Back To You:” Dozens of TPM readers attempted to contact their representatives and senators in response to Josh’s recent post on the threats of a Medicare phase-out. A surprising number of congressional offices appeared unaware of the proposal or appeared to have no prepared response to Ryan’s Medicare agenda. Listed below are the Congress members whose offices were caught unaware, or claimed they would pass on constituents’ concerns, aggregated from TPM reader email submissions:
- Rep. Bill Keating (D-MA)
- Rep. Joe Kennedy III (D-MA)
- Rep. Stephen Lynch (D-MA)
- Rep. Seth Moulton (D-MA)
Not listed by TPM (which means no readers in their districts have called them) are Rep. Jim McGovern, Rep. Richard Neal and Rep. Niki Tsongas.
Have you called your member of Congress? If so, let us know the response you got in comments. (Find your member & their contact info here.)