For Immediate Release
October 27, 2018
Lakeland, FL – Today, Kristen Carlson led canvassers on a Social Security and Medicare Day of Action to speak with voters about the importance of preserving these vital programs.
“People work hard to earn their Social Security and Medicare benefits and I will strongly oppose any attempts to privatize or cut these vital programs,” said Kristen Carlson, Democratic candidate for Florida’s 15th Congressional District. “Last year’s tax cut for big corporations was supposed to pay for itself, but instead has rapidly driven up the deficit. Now leaders in Washington are talking about cutting these critical programs to pay for it. In Congress, I promise I will stand firm in opposing cuts to Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid. Our family and friends’ well-being depends on it.”
In Case You Missed It
The New York Times, 10/26/18
By Jennifer Steinhauer
[...] Senator Mitch McConnell, the majority leader and Kentucky Republican, got people in Washington talking — and generated some new campaign ads from Democrats — when he suggested this month that changes to Medicare, Social Security and Medicaid were needed to tame the deficit.
Still, Mr. Trump’s top economic adviser, Larry Kudlow, said in a recent interview that the administration had to be tougher on spending and would begin to consider “the larger entitlements” — Social Security and Medicare are the two biggest social insurance programs — “probably next year.”
There are limits to that process, but Republicans’ myriad efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act provide a guide. The bill, which ultimately failed, would have turned Medicaid, the health care program for the poor, into block grants to the states while slowly rolling back its expansion under the Affordable Care Act and squeezing overall spending on the program.