NJ Democrats say Medicare and Medicaid threatened by Trump and GOP Congress

NJ Democrats say Medicare and Medicaid threatened by Trump and GOP Congress


By:  David Levinsky
Burlington County Times

TRENTON — Medicare and Medicaid turned 53 on Monday, and Democratic lawmakers and health care advocates used the anniversary to urge American voters to mobilize this fall to ensure the two programs survive to see 100.

Speaking during a Statehouse news conference, Democratic U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez and Reps. Frank Pallone and Bonnie Watson Coleman claimed both programs face serious threats from President Donald Trump’s administration and the Republican-controlled Congress.

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Menendez said the proposed changes would “end Medicaid as we know it” and jeopardize access to health care for millions who rely on the two programs.

 

“It’s really a fancy way of saying they want to take millions away from disabled Americans, nursing home patients and working people and have them lose their health insurance and not get the care they need,” the senator said.

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Menendez and the other Democrats at the press conference said the president also promised he would preserve federal protections for insurance for consumers with pre-existing conditions, but that he targeted those with the GOP health care bill and, more recently, his administration has attacked them in a federal court case.

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“If there’s any principle that unites everyone in the Democratic Party it’s that no American should go without access to health care,” Menendez said. “That’s why President Lyndon Johnson and the Democratic Congress stood up to wild Republican warnings of socialized medicine and passed Medicare and Medicaid and left behind a dark time when seniors, the disabled and the poor languished without care.”

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