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There are NO proposed cuts to Social Security or Medicare

  • Sep 13, 2018



It’s time to set the record straight. Again.
   
Let me be crystal clear: I do NOT support cuts to Medicare or Social Security. Retirees all across Eastern Washington, like both of my parents, paid into these essential programs their entire lives, and earned these benefits.
   
As my friend James Martin is quick to point out, “Democrats have run against Republicans for half a century with fake campaign claims about phony cuts in Medicare and Social Security. But like the boy who cried wolf, nobody believes this tired old piffle anymore because it’s not true today and never has been true.” Martin is now the chairman of the senior citizen advocacy group called 60 Plus, that serves as a watchdog over Congress on issues affecting retirees.
President Trump and I have both said repeatedly, Republicans are not touching Medicare or Social Security.  
   
Sadly, liberal Lisa Brown has chosen to run yet another series of “Medi-Scare” ads proclaiming I voted to cut to these programs. It’s a blatant falsehood.
   
>>>Politifact has rated claims that Republicans in Congress want to take away Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid as “False”.<<<
   
So why do these false messages keep coming up? Martin has a theory. He believes Democrats and my liberal opponent are using the notion of tax cuts to imply there will be cuts to Social Security and Medicare. As Martin says “this is little more than political skullduggery by Democrats to scare seniors into the voting booth.”
   
>>> FactCheck.org has called Democrats’ claims of tax cuts going mostly to the wealthy “misleading.” <<<
   
It’s unfortunate that this tactic is repeatedly used to try and create fear among seniors who deserve to have confidence in these programs and peace of mind. These claims are not truthful. They are misleading and their sole intent is to frighten a valued segment of our society. Lisa Brown and her liberal allies should be ashamed of this approach designed to scare seniors into voting for them.
  
If you know someone who is a senior, or receives Social Security or Medicare benefits, please forward this message and let them know I will continue to work to strengthen these important programs for decades to come.
  
Signed,
   
Cathy McMorris Rodgers




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