Despite Medicare and Social Security being some of the most popular programs in the country, Republicans are headed into the 2022 midterms with a plan that would sunset all federal legislation, including Medicare and Social Security, after five years – putting at risk the millions of Americans who rely on the services these crucial programs provide. The impact of the Republican plan on North Carolina seniors and disabled workers would be disastrous, as over two million North Carolinians rely on Medicare for their health coverage and over 62 million North Carolinians receive Social Security benefits each month to cover everything from rent to putting food on the table.
“For more than half a century, North Carolinians have been paying into Medicare and Social Security and seeing the hard-earned benefits of these critical programs,” said NCDP Spokesperson Ellie Dougherty. “Republicans have made it clear that if they take control, it could mean an end to life-saving Medicare coverage for over two million North Carolina seniors and no more Social Security for over two million North Carolinians who depend on their benefits. This isn’t the first time Republicans have tried to attack North Carolinians’ Medicare and Social Security, and President Biden and Democrats are committed to making sure this latest attempt doesn’t succeed.”
While Republicans are threatening seniors’ hard earned benefits, President Biden and Democrats have proposed measures to bolster Social Security and responsibly reduce the deficit without touching Medicare or Social Security by making billionaires pay their fair share in taxes – while also lowering costs for working families.