By: Ryan Paprocki
Medicare, for decades, has been one of the fundamental pillars of economic security in our country. So it’s a mystery why Republicans want to severely cut it.
Or is it a mystery?
Republicans like Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan want to give enormous tax breaks to millionaires and billionaires -- the few who can live affluently without the social safety net. In fact, the Romney-Ryan budget gives an average $150,000 tax break to the super-wealthy (more than most working families make in two years) and moves the top income tax bracket down to 25%. Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan know their wealthy benefactors want a return on their campaign investments and will gladly play ball by giving them massive tax cuts in return, even if it’s at the expense of putting our seniors into poverty.
Since these tax cuts for millionaires and billionaires will cost our country billions of dollars, the Republican plan to pay for them is to get rid of Medicare as we know it. Paul Ryan introduced a budget that did just that. His fellow Wisconsin Republicans Sean Duffy and Reid Ribble voted for it, and now every Republican candidate for Senate has voiced their support for Ryan’s plan that ends the promise of Medicare as we know it. At this point it’s clear that this Republican Party is out of touching with working families and is willing to sell out our seniors, our children and our middle class to enact their radical agenda.
It turns out there’s no mystery why the Republicans want to destroy Medicare – they think wealthy and powerful special interests are more important than everyday Americans.
Democrats, on the other hand, will work to preserve Medicare and Tammy Baldwin is leading the charge. Tammy was raised by her grandparents, so she understands how important it is for our representatives in Washington to protect retirement security for our seniors. That’s why she fought to strengthen Medicare for 930,000 Wisconsinites.
Ryan Paprocki is a communications intern with the Democratic Party of Wisconsin.