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Republican Plan Would Put Floridians’ Medicare and Social Security at Risk

Rick Scott’s plan would sunset Medicare and Social Security for nearly 5 million Floridians after 5 years

Despite Medicare and Social Security being some of the most popular programs in the country, Republicans are headed into the 2022 midterms with a plan that would sunset all federal legislation, including Medicare and Social Security, after five years – risking the livelihoods of millions of Americans who rely on these crucial programs. The impact of the Republican plan on Florida’s seniors and disabled workers would be disastrous, as 4.6 million Floridians rely on Medicare for their health coverage and 4.8 million Floridians receive Social Security benefits each month to cover everything from rent to putting food on the table. 

“For more than 50 years, Floridians have been paying into Medicare and Social Security and relying on these critical programs to make ends meet,” said Florida Democratic Party spokesperson Travis Reuther. “But Republicans have made it clear that if they take control, they have no problem throwing Florida’s seniors under the bus by threatening their income and ability to pay for medical care. At this point, attacking Medicare and Social Security is part of Republicans’ DNA and we should take them at their word when they say they want to sunset these programs. That’s why President Biden and Democrats are committed to making sure this latest attempt doesn’t succeed.”

While Republicans are threatening seniors’ hard earned benefits, President Biden and Democrats have proposed measures to bolster Social Security and responsibly reduce the deficit without touching Medicare or Social Security by making billionaires pay their fair share in taxes.


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