Call Of The Day: Oppose Budget Cuts To Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security

On June 21st, the House committee finalized a budget proposal that cuts trillions of dollars in funding from Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security over the next 9 years.  Called “A Brighter American Future”, it promises to balance the federal budget by slashing Medicare by over 500 billion dollars, gutting Medicaid and other health programs by 1.5 trillion and putting in place per capita spending limits and block grants that often lead to states massively de-funding healthcare coverage.  It also proposes adding or upping work requirements for adults on Medicaid, food stamps and welfare.  The House GOP budget would also cut Social Security by 4 billion dollars by restricting unemployment benefits and disability insurance.

This budget bill is a blatant attack on the ability of programs like Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security to support those individuals who need it most.  The next step is a floor vote for House approval.  Representatives need to hear from their constituents that just like the ACA, the social safety net of Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security must also be funded and protected.

One call to make:  Representative Richmond or Scalise

Because of how Congressional districts are drawn, New Orleans residents have either Richmond or Scalise as their representative.  If you don't know who your representative is, you can look it up by entering your home address on the U.S. House of Representatives website.

Representative Cedric Richmond - in DC at (202) 225-6636, and in New Orleans at (504) 288-3777
OR
Representative Steve Scalise - in DC at (202) 225-3015, and in Metairie at (504) 837-1259

SAMPLE SCRIPT:

Hi, my name is [Your Name] and I'm a constituent from New Orleans, ZIP Code 70118 [or wherever you're from].

I’m calling today to ask the representative to oppose the “A Brighter American Future” budget bill, and any other budget bill that cuts funding for Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security.  These programs are essential and must be supported and sufficiently funded.

Thank you for all your hard work answering phones.

[IF LEAVING VOICEMAIL: Please leave full address to ensure call is tallied]

This call is adapted from 5Calls.org, which can be viewed in its entirety here.