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Why today's vote will determine the future of Social Security, Medicare

• Nov 6, 2018 at 5:00 PM

According to U.S. Rep. Barbara Lee, D-California, Medicare and Social Security are on the ballots across the nation today.

“Last month, when asked about his budget-busting tax gift to the wealthy, the Republican Senate majority leader (Mitch McConnell) told Bloomberg News that his ‘single biggest disappointment’ in his career had been his failure to gut Medicare and Social Security,” she wrote for The Hill.com’s blog in a post published Nov. 2.

For decades, Congressional Republicans have been waging an unpopular crusade to unravel these programs, Lee says.

“President Bush tried, and failed, in 2005. Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wisconsin) tried, and failed, in 2011,” she wrote. “Now, congressional Republicans are hoping the third time is the charm.”

Should Republicans retain control of Congress next year, Lee says your earned benefits will be the first thing on the chopping block.

Read the complete blog post: “Next Tuesday’s vote will determine the future of Social Security, Medicare.”

Rep. Barbara Lee is an opinion contributor to The Hill. The views express by contributors are their own and not the view of The Hill. The opinions expressed by bloggers are not necessarily shared by the Grand Haven Tribune or its employees. They are the sole opinion of the bloggers, who are not employed by or compensated by the Tribune.

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