Elizabeth Edwards: McCain’s Plan Would Cut Benefits in Medicare and Medicaid
RICHMOND, VA—Center for American Progress Action Fund Senior Fellow Elizabeth Edwards said that Sen. John McCain’s plan to fund his radical health care agenda by cutting $1.3 trillion from Medicare and Medicaid will force significant benefit and/or eligibility cuts from both programs, according to a new CAPAF analysis.
Bearing a strong resemblance to the cuts sought by former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich when he sought to make both programs "wither on the vine," Sen. McCain’s call for radical cuts to these programs will undermine their vital role in our health care system and put affordable health care out of reach for millions of seniors, people with disabilities, and low-income Americans.
Appearing at a press conference co-sponsored by the Service Employees International Union and Change to Win, Edwards also released a new CAPAF analysis demonstrating that Sen. McCain’s plan would raise taxes on middle-class families and cause thousands of Virginians to lose their employer-sponsored health care.
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