Statement on Price Vote: Every Senate Republican Just Voted to Destroy Medicare

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, February 10th, 2017

Contact:
Linda Benesch,  lbenesch@socialsecurityworks.org

 Every Senate Republican Just Voted to Destroy Medicare

(Washington, DC) — The following is a statement from Alex Lawson, Executive Director of Social Security Works, in reaction to Tom Price being confirmed as the next Secretary of Health and Human Services on a party line vote:

“Nobody voted to destroy Medicare, but that is what the entire Senate Republican caucus just came out in support of by confirming Tom Price. The American people will not forget.

Tom Price said he wanted to end government’s role in health care, which includes Medicare. He wants to destroy the program by ending its guaranteed benefit and replace it with an inadequate voucher, leaving seniors and Americans with disabilities to the tender mercies of the private insurance market.

And yet every single Republican voted to put Tom Price in charge of HHS, it is shameful.”

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Social Security Works is the convening group in the Strengthen Social Security Campaign, a coalition comprised of more than 350 national and state organizations representing more than 50 million Americans from many of the nation’s leading aging, labor, disability, women’s, children, consumer, civil rights and equality organizations.

 

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