Trump’s broken promise on Medicare and Social Security

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Trump Is Breaking His Promise on Medicare and Social Security

Donald Trump has broken his promises to Ohioans on the economy, health care and student debt — and now he’s going back on his campaign pledge to “save our Social Security” and “save our Medicare” by opening the door to cuts.

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“Donald Trump’s comments today are straight out of Mick Mulvaney’s playbook,” said Ohio Democratic Party Chairman David Pepper. “Trump’s chief of staff likes to call Social Security ‘welfare,’ even though it is an earned benefit that working people pay into, and Mulvaney has been pushing for Social Security and Medicare cuts going back to his time in Congress as a Freedom Caucus extremist. For Ohio, cuts to Social Security and Medicare would be devastating. Nearly 2.4 million Ohioans receive Social Security insurance benefits — totaling more than $3 billion every month. Medicare provides health coverage for nearly 2 million older Ohioans and hundreds of thousands of Ohioans with disabilities.”

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In June 2016 at a speech in St. Clairsville, Ohio, Trump said, “We’re going to save our Social Security. We’re going to save our Medicare. Others want to cut. We’re going to save so much.”

Since he’s been in office, Trump has proposed and supported cutting Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security. Trump’s last budget proposal cut Social Security programs by $26 billion and slashed funding for the Social Security Administration, which helps retirees and people with disabilities get the support they need and have earned.

It’s Time to Raise the Wage

This week state Rep. Brigid Kelly testified on her bill to raise Ohio’s minimum wage to $15 an hour, impacting 2 million workers in the Buckeye State.

Kelly emphasized how this legislation would benefit workers, families and communities — as well as the state budget: “It’s also good for taxpayers because when people can make a decent living, it means they can take care of themselves, they can take care of their family’s and they’re less dependent on other forms of assistance.”

While Democratic lawmakers at the Ohio Statehouse work to pass legislation to raise the wage, labor groups are also pushing for a fix at the ballot box. Ohioans For Raising the Wage is advocating for a constitutional amendment that will increase the state’s minimum wage to $13 an hour.

UPCOMING EVENTS

The Ohio Democratic Party is holding its annual Legacy Dinner on Sunday, March 15 in Columbus. Click here for info on tickets and tables.


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