Scott Brown Wants to End Medicare

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For someone who claims to be a moderate, this is unbelievable.

Here in Massachusetts over one million people depend on Medicare for their health care. Paul Ryan has introduced a GOP budget plan, a plan that would greatly reduce funding for Medicare and Medicaid.  What does Scott Brown say about Paul Ryan's having submitted this budget proposal? "Thank god"  and "I will vote for it."  What sort of damage will a vote for this budget create?  Scott Brown's vote will greatly affect seniors, families, people with disabilities - their benefits will be slashed. Where would they turn? To state facilities and emergency rooms, creating both a moral and economic crisis for our state.

What does Scott Brown say about that? "Thank god".

What kind of damage is Scott Brown praying will hit Massachusetts? Check out this information from Health Care for All:

Deep cuts would be made to both the Medicaid funds Massachusetts is expecting over the next decade, and to funding provided to the state under health reform. Combined, the loss over 10 years would be a staggering $44.5 billion.

Here’s the year-by-year breakdown of federal funds lost to Massachusetts compared to current projections (notice the millions change to billions):

2012: $53 million
2013: $436 million
2014: $2.15 billion
2015: $3.45 billion
2016: $4.47 billion
2017-2021: on average, 6.8 billion/year

These sums are hard to imagine in human terms. Let’s help. The $436 million the Commonwealth would lose in 2013 is enough funds to fully cover over 120,000 children. The $2.15 billion the state would lose in 2014 could cover around 190,000 disabled seniors. If the $4.47 billion the state would lose in 2016 were taken out of Medicaid, it would lead to the loss of over 75,000 jobs, as our economy contracts due to the loss of federal funds.

Senator Scott Brown needs to understand that cuts of this magnitude would be calamitous.

 

Scott Brown is on a crash course for Massachusetts.