Thu, Oct. 17

Letter: Stand up for health care


Earlier this summer, Congress came to an agreement with the President that lifted the debt ceiling while protecting Medicaid from immediate cuts. But as part of that agreement, Congress has created a “super committee” charged with finding $1.5 trillion in deficit reduction over the next 10 years.

Our Arizona Senator, Jon Kyl, has been named to the super committee, giving us a unique chance to send a strong message: Americans demand a sensible, balanced deficit plan, NOT cuts to vital health care services like Medicaid, Medicare, and the Affordable Care Act. He and the other 11 members (six Demos and six Republicans) have until Nov. 23, just two months from now, to present a deficit reduction plan to Congress for a vote. Beyond defending our health care, the plan should include closing corporate tax loopholes (like allowing company CEOs to write off corporate jet travel) and ending tax giveaways to millionaires and billionaires, thus reducing the deficit by as much as $700 billion!

But despite this fact, some Republican leaders are undermining the process, announcing ahead of time that they won’t accept a super committee that includes ending unfair corporate giveaways. Instead they are calling for higher taxes on the poor, and fighting to cut vital health services for senior, children and people with disabilities. If we are going to protect the health care programs we care about, we need to send a strong message to Sen. Kyl and the rest of the super committee members: don’t balance the budget by gutting Medicaid, Medicare and the Affordable Care Act.

During the debt ceiling fight, our voices made a difference. Now, over the next two months, we must band together and STAND UP FOR HEALTH CARE.

Call Sen. Kyl at 202 224 4521 or contact his website:

Lee Cali


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