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Tell Harry Reid and the Democratic senators on the Super Committee: Absolutely no cuts to Medicare, Medicaid or Social Security benefits.

Dear Friend,

It's official: There's now a bipartisan consensus on the Super Committee to cut Medicare and Social Security benefits.

The Republicans have a longstanding desire to dismantle Medicaid, Medicare and Social Security. But according to recent news reports, a majority of Democrats on the Super Committee just proposed their own plan to reduce the deficit that included slashing Medicare benefits by $200 billion 1 and dramatically reducing future Social Security benefits.2

It's hard to image how the Democrats on the Super Committee could be any more out-of-touch or wrongheaded.

In the face of massive unemployment, rampant foreclosures, a sputtering economy and widespread anger that the country is systematically prioritizing the needs of the ultra-rich and wealthy corporations over the needs of the other 99% of us, the Democrats who support this plan think the best thing to do is make it harder and more expensive for seniors and the less fortunate to get medical care or pay for their basic living expenses.

Tell Harry Reid and the Democratic senators on the Super Committee: Absolutely no cuts to Medicare, Medicaid or Social Security benefits. Click here to automatically sign the petition.

We need to make sure Democrats understand that rather than supporting benefit cuts, it would be better if the automatic cuts specified in the legislation that created the Super Committee are triggered. But we have an uphill fight.

Reportedly, the benefit cuts plan proposed by the Democrats on the Super Committee had been agreed to by President Obama in negotiations with John Boehner over raising the debt ceiling.

This means we can't rely on President Obama vetoing a bad deficit reduction bill that makes it out of the Super Committee and passes Congress.

It also means the best way to stop a bad deal is to build so much political pressure at the outset that it never gets off the ground.

Tell Harry Reid and the Democratic senators on the Super Committee: Absolutely no cuts to Medicare, Medicaid or Social Security benefits. Click here to automatically sign the petition.

The Democrats' plan was rejected by the Republicans because it included some tax increases. But the proposal demonstrates an alarming willingness to cave on core economic issues despite the vital role Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security play in our society and the widespread unpopularity of benefit cuts to these programs.

And recent history has shown us how Democrats intent on cutting a deal with Republicans will move from a bad deal to one that's worse.

It's more important than ever that we speak out and draw a line in the sand on benefit cuts to Medicare, Medicare and Social Security. We can't wait until a bad deal is cut in the Super Committee. We need to speak out now.

Tell Harry Reid and the Democratic senators on the Super Committee: Absolutely no cuts to Medicare, Medicaid or Social Security benefits. Click here to automatically sign the petition.

Matt Lockshin, Campaign Manager
CREDO Action from Working Assets

1. "Medicare Eligibility Age Increase Not Part Of Dems' Super Committee Presentation," Sam Stein, Huffington Post, Oct. 26, 2011.
2. "Read the Dems' 'Super Committee' Proposal," RJ Eskow," Huffington Post, Oct. 28, 2011.


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