COLUMBIA, Mo. —With Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives passing a budget resolution last week that severely cuts Medicare and Medicaid, the Missouri Democratic Party is criticizing Missouri’s Republican officeholders in Washington for once again voting to take healthcare away from older Missourians and working families.
The Republican-controlled U.S. House passed a budget on Thursday that strips $1.5 trillion from Medicaid and $487 billion from Medicare over the coming decade, according to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. A report from ABC News outlines that the GOP budget also looks to turn Medicare “into a voucher-like program for future retirees.”
Those healthcare cuts are deeper than what Republicans proposed in their failed and unpopular effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act earlier this year – and directly breaks Donald Trump’s explicit promise as a candidate to not cut Medicare and Medicaid.
The budget passed with support from all of Missouri’s Congressional Republicans in the U.S. House – including Representatives Ann Wagner (MO2), Blaine Luetkemeyer (MO3), Vicky Hartzler (MO4), Sam Graves (MO6), Billy Long (MO7), and Jason Smith (MO8).
Missouri Democratic Party Chair Stephen Webber stated, “Missouri’s Republican Members of Congress seemingly haven’t done anything from their offices in Washington this year other than try to take healthcare away from Missouri’s seniors and working families.”