Organize an emergency committee to defend Medicare

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It may be a challenge to pin down President-Elect Donald Trump’s exact position and intentions on Medicare and Social Security, but the views of key leaders in Congress are not mysterious. Speaker Paul Ryan of the U.S. House of Representatives, in particular, has long favored phasing out the universal and hugely popular government-sponsored health insurance system for older and disabled Americans we call Medicare. With control over both chambers of Congress and the White House, the new President and his allies in Congress may very well move in that direction once the 115th Congress gavels in next year.

In anticipation, one writer proposes the creation of “an emergency committee to defend Medicare.” Specifically, he explains in The New Republic the following:

This committee should be headed by the populist wing of the party: Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, and Keith Ellison. Other members should include Sherrod Brown, Tammy Baldwin, Catherine Cortez Masto, and Kamala Harris.

The purpose of the committee should be to pick a fight with Trump and Ryan over this issue. The argument should be addressed to working-class Americans, but particularly the former Obama voters who went for Trump in the Rust Belt. The committee should mobilize all over America….This means every state and district should have local committees that are tasked with organizing marches to protect Medicare…

For the full piece, see click over to the The New Republic (2016). For background information, helpful resources include the Kaiser Family Foundation and National Academy of Social Insurance.