Today—exactly one year after Rick Scott released his plan to put Social Security and Medicare on the chopping block—the Florida Democratic Party held a press call with US Rep. Lois Frankel (FL-22) and President of the Florida Alliance for Retired Americans Bill Sauers to highlight Republicans’ attacks on Social Security and Medicare.
“Social Security and Medicare are the two of the most significant programs enacted in the history of our country. These programs keep millions of seniors in Florida and across the country out of poverty,” said Rep. Lois Frankel. “The most important message today is that all of us, but especially seniors in Florida, have to be very, very vigilant because Social Security and Medicare are under attack…When he was president, President Trump continually threatened to cut Medicare and Social Security and he promised if reelected he would do that.”
“Our governor, Ron DeSantis, has repeatedly attacked these programs. He supported raising eligibility ages for Social Security and Medicare during his time in Congress – he claimed it’s “unsustainable” to allow seniors to retire in their late 60s like they’d been promised, and he supported plans to slow Social Security cost of living increases and turn Medicare into a voucher system – ending the program as we know it,” said Bill Sauers. “It’s no wonder he’s received a zero percent rating from the Alliance for Retired Americans during his time in Congress.”
In addition to Rick Scott, other Florida Republicans have spent years pushing for cuts to Medicare and Social Security. As president, Donald Trump proposed cuts to Medicare and Social Security each year he was in office. Meanwhile, Ron DeSantis repeatedly voted to raise the retirement age and cut Social Security, and supported Paul Ryan’s plan to end Medicare as we know it.