Senator Dick Durbin says that Democrats should be willing to look at reform for entitlement programs like Social Security and Medicare in order to avoid the fiscal cliff, but his Democratic colleagues aren’t budging. Although Social Security and Medicare don’t contribute to the deficit, Republicans are looking for a way to dismantle the long standing programs, and they hope fiscal cliff negotiations may give them what they want.
On November 6, 2012 voters chose to protect Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid. Voters rejected the voucher system proposed by Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan, so why are congressional Republicans trying to dismantle “reform” these programs that are so successful? Increasing the enrollment age of Social Security will actually make health care costs rise for seniors, and health care costs are the real issue. Without these programs poverty numbers for seniors would rise drastically. Privatizing these programs would pad the pockets of large insurance companies and the costs would cripple older Americans and their families. At the end of the day, these programs don’t contribute to the debt. So, when talking about debt reduction Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid shouldn’t be mentioned.
Just because Republicans have refused to get the memo doesn’t mean Democrats should fold. Americans want Social Security, Medicaid, and Medicare to be protected; that means no cuts, no vouchers, and no privatization