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The attack on Medicare

The future of both Medicare and Medicaid — America’s solid promise to our seniors and most vulnerable citizens for almost a half-century — may well be at stake in this election. Everyone knows that there have to be reforms in order to make these programs stronger over time, but the two sides see the problem and the solution very differently.

Many Republicans are scaring seniors with false claims that they are about to lose the security they have; meanwhile they propose to turn Medicare into a voucher program, which shifts major costs onto seniors. They propose to change Medicaid into a program of block grants — stripping its core guarantees, cutting it, and shifting costs and risks to states and the most vulnerable Americans.

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