Resolution Opposing the Elimination of Medicare

Resolution Opposing the Elimination or Privatization of Medicare and Medicaid

WHEREAS in 2011 the Republicans in Congress voted with near unanimity for the Paul Ryan (R-WI) plan to replace Medicare with a voucher system in which seniors would receive coupons for partial payment toward the same kind of inadequate insurance that they could not afford before Medicare was enacted; and

WHEREAS later in 2011, Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) joined Ryan in proposing a gradual elimination of Medicare through the attrition of healthier seniors dropping it in favor of cheaper private insurance designed for cherry-picking the healthy, thus making traditional Medicare solely responsible for paying for the care of actual sick people, severely undermining its long-term financial viability; and

WHEREAS in March 2012, Senator Jim DeMint (R-SC) and other Republicans proposed the complete elimination of Medicare in 2014; and

WHEREAS the 2012 budget passed by House Republicans completely eliminated Medicaid payments for nursing home care; and

WHEREAS Deficit Commission member Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) has proposed that nothing is off the table in 2012 budget discussions, including severe cuts in Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security; and

WHEREAS enacting any of these proposals amounts to financial ruin for or actual mass murder of some unknown number of our most vulnerable citizens; and

WHEREAS 56% of voters in 2012 are expected to be 55 years old or older;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that _____________ insists that defense of Medicare and Medicate be made signature campaign issues in 2012; and

THEREFORE BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that _____________ support vigorous attacks on the Republican Party for their plans eliminate Medicare be mounted at every level, and

THEREFORE BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that _____________ refuse to support any Democrats who collude with this Republican goal, and

THEREFORE BE IT FINALLY RESOLVED that _______________ pledge to mobilize the public for a strong defense of our lifeline programs.

Submitted to 2012 precinct caucuses by ________________

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