The Upcoming Battle over Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid
By Jackie Tortora
Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid aren't just numbers on a budget line, they're vital family protection lifelines for working people.
As many as 55.4 million Americans across the United States receive monthly Social Security checks, including 8.6 million workers with disabilities and 4.4 million children. A total of 48.7 million Americans get their health care coverage from Medicare and 64.4 million Americans get their health care coverage from Medicaid, including 29.8 million children and 4.2 million seniors.
When members of Congress make decisions on the budget debate during the lame-duck session in the next few weeks, they're going to face some enormous pressure from millionaires and billionaires to cut Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid in order to continue tax giveaways for the richest 2%. Working families understand how important these lifelines are and reject benefit cuts.
Visit www.aflcio.org/ProtectOurFuture for all the information you need on the upcoming budget showdown. If you want to see how Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid affect people in your state and grow the local economy, check out the AFL-CIO's new interactive state-by-state fact sheets. We have five weeks to tell Congress to let the Bush tax cuts for the richest 2% expire and to reject any benefit cuts to Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid.
Jackie Tortora is Blog/Social Media Manager for the AFL-CIO, the umbrella federation for 56 U.S. labor unions, representing more than 12 million working Americans. This article was originally published at Labor's Edge.