Protect the Promise is committed to defending the core programs and priorities that Americans rely upon for their health care and financial security.
Programs like Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security are foundational pillars of America’s social contract that protect the safety and well-being of our citizens.
These programs are essential to our country’s most vulnerable populations – the elderly, disabled, and low income individuals – many of whom lack the resources and platform to fight back. Attacks on these programs weaken our entire society.
The stakes are too high to be silent.
programs we’re defending
Medicare is a fundamental piece of the American health insurance landscape supporting 51 million seniors and those with disabilities. Over time, political interests have attempted to chip away at the program through dangerous – sometimes life-threatening – tactics, such as limiting or denying access to doctors, hospitals, medicines, and other vital treatments.
When President Trump ran for office, he promised that he would not cut Medicare funding. Any cuts to the program would make it more difficult to access quality health care. Any savings found within Medicare should be reinvested into the program in order to reduce costs for patients. At Protect the Promise, we oppose cutting Medicare funding, raising the age for Medicare eligibility, or making it harder for seniors and other Medicare beneficiaries to access quality healthcare.
Social Security provides economic security for millions of Americans across all stages of life including retirees, disabled persons, and families of retired, disabled, or deceased workers. Hardworking Americans pay into this program with the understanding that when they retire, they will have dedicated income on which to rely. Efforts to dismantle this program or reduce its benefits violate that very agreement.
At Protect the Promise, we oppose any policy that undermines the benefits ensured by Social Security. We also support policies that ensure Social Security will continue to provide benefits for generations of Americans to come, such as phasing out the ceiling on earnings subject to the Social Security tax.
Medicaid provides health insurance to more than 75 million low-income Americans who would otherwise lack access to affordable health insurance. It covers a diverse group of vulnerable Americans, with children accounting for roughly 45% of enrollees and the elderly and disabled roughly 25%. Through Medicaid, enrollees are guaranteed access to a broad range of health and long-term care services ranging from inpatient and outpatient hospital services, access to prescription drugs, laboratory and x-ray services, and home health services.
When President Trump ran for office, he promised that he would not cut Medicaid. Any reduction of funding would limit low-income Americans’ ability to access quality health care.
Proposed reforms that would eliminate the extra Medicaid funding for states that expanded their programs under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) would be disastrous. These changes would convert the rest of Medicaid, including coverage for children and people with disabilities, to a per capita cap that limits federal funding per enrollee, regardless of need. The proposal would also take away Medicaid coverage from adults who do not meet a work requirement, leaving many without health coverage.
At Protect the Promise, we support Medicaid expansion in the states and oppose legislative and administrative changes that curb Medicaid benefits, access, or eligibility.
Affordable Care Act
The Affordable Care Act (ACA) has been a lifeline for millions of Americans while lowering costs and improving quality of care. It has strengthened Medicare and Medicaid by expanding access while also containing costs and reducing waste, fraud, and abuse of public programs. The ACA also prevents health insurance providers from rejecting or charging higher premiums for people with pre-existing medical conditions such as cancer or diabetes, codifying these individuals’ rights to fair treatment in federal law. Since its enactment, the ACA has reduced the number of Americans without health insurance by nearly 17%.
Despite the vast benefits it provides for millions of Americans, the ACA has become political fodder for its opponents. President Trump and his administration have consistently sought to undermine and repeal the ACA. On March 25, 2019, the Department of Justice decided to support a lawsuit challenging the Affordable Care Act’s constitutionality, putting the future of the law in danger once again.
Overturning the law would disrupt coverage for 15 million people who receive health insurance through an ACA exchange and 15 million more who were covered by the expansion of Medicaid. Hospitals would see uncompensated care jump by 82% or $50 billion. Medicare recipients would face steep increases in drug prices, disrupted access to free birth control, mammograms, and cholesterol tests, and children would potentially be prohibited from staying on their parents’ health insurance until age 26. Repealing the ACA would also eliminate critically important federal protections for many Americans living with pre-existing conditions.
At Protect the Promise, we oppose any legislative repeal, legal attempts to find the ACA unconstitutional, and legislative or administrative changes that curb its benefits.
Pensions allow older Americans to enjoy financial security as they transition to retirement. When pensions are underfunded or threatened, older Americans are forced to stay in the workforce later in life and work longer hours despite the promise of retirement.
Unfortunately, public and private pension funds have been dangerously underfunded, leaving millions of Americans facing diminishing benefits and higher pension-related costs. Making things worse, wealthy donors have spearheaded a national campaign to slash public pension benefits and imperil American workers’ economic security.
At Protect the Promise, we oppose policies and actions that make it easier for companies and pension administrators to shortchange hard-working Americans. Companies should not be allowed to escape their pension obligations by declaring bankruptcy, and public employees should not have their previously-negotiated benefits curbed or eliminated.
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