They are giving tax breaks to giant corporations while cutting vital programs like Medicare
Tennessee (October 26, 2017) – House Republicans passed a budget with massive cuts to vital programs like Medicare and Medicaid, all in an effort to give tax breaks to giant corporations and those at the top.
“At a time when families are struggling to cover healthcare costs and seniors can’t afford prescription drugs, almost every Tennessee Republicans voted for this terrible budget that makes cuts to Medicare and Medicaid. They are supposed to look out for all of us so Tennesseans have the opportunity to get ahead and then retire with security,” said Mary Mancini, Chair of the Tennessee Democratic Party.
The Republican budget cuts $500 million from Medicare and $1 trillion from Medicaid. 1,235,157 people in Tennessee rely on Medicare, and 1,728,300 people in Tennessee rely on Medicaid, they are all at risk in this budget. These cuts especially hurt rural communities where 1 in 4 nonelderly adults are covered by Medicaid.
“Eight rural hospitals have closed in Tennessee since 2010,” added Mancini, “and there are more at risk. This budget will undoubtedly leave more families in our state in peril. Imagine knowing that if your child breaks their leg or splits their head open you have to drive over an hour to get them help. Nobody should have to live this way and Republicans in Tennessee are making it worse.”
Representatives Marsha Blackburn, Diane Black, David Kustoff, Chuck Fleischmann, Phil Roe and Scott DesJarlais voted for the budget today.