Executive Director, Social Security Works
Jon (Bowzer) Bauman
Electoral politics and public policy activist
Donald Trump was elected president on a promise, central to his campaign, to protect Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security. That’s what the American people voted for. But now that he’s in the White House, Trump is championing the so-called “American Health Care Act” (AKA Trumpcare) which would be a massive violation of that promise. Trumpcare would raid Medicare, gut Medicaid, and be an utter disaster for older Americans and Americans with disabilities.
In the face of a grassroots uprising from around the country, Trump and the GOP failed to jam Trumpcare through the House back in March. Now they’ve made the bill even worse, gutting the Affordable Care Act’s protections for people with pre-existing conditions, to win the support of the far-right House Freedom Caucus. Now is the time for everyone to call their House members and demand they vote no on Trumpcare, so that the bill never makes it out of the House.
But if it does, the Senate, where Republicans can only afford to lose three votes, will be the last bastion of defense against this horrific bill. That’s why are traveling around the country on our Hands Off Medicare and Medicaid Tour, looking for 3 Republican Senators to vote no on Trumpcare and any other reconciliation bill that includes cuts to Medicare, Medicaid, or Social Security. That is how we found ourselves in Kokomo, Indiana, the heart of the heartland, last week.