Biden to use Florida trip to warn of GOP threat to Social Security and Medicare

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President Biden heads to Florida on Tuesday with a focus on how a Republican-controlled Congress could threaten Social Security and Medicare benefits for millions of Americans.

Just one week before the midterm elections, Biden will be joined by Representative Debbie Wasserman-Schultz (Fla.) and Florida state legislators, as well as a Florida man who relies on Medicare, the White House said. Following his comments in Hallandale Beach, Biden will attend fundraisers for Governor nominee Charlie Crist (D) and Senate nominee Val Demings (D), who will both face tough battles in their campaigns to overthrow Governor Ron DeSantis (R) and Senator Marco. to bring. Rubio (R), respectively.

The president last visited Florida to tour damage from Hurricane Ian. He appeared alongside DeSantis and praised his response to the storm, despite tensions between the governor and the White House over issues such as immigration and the coronavirus pandemic.

A RealClearPolitics average from this month’s polls showed DeSantis led Crist in the governor’s race by 12 percentage points. An average poll this month in the Senate race showed Rubio Demings ahead by 8 percentage points.

The president is expected to talk Tuesday about a pledge by some Republicans to repeal aspects of the Inflation Reduction Act, passed earlier this year with only Democratic votes, as well as a proposal released in February by Senator Rick Scott (R-Fla. .) that calls for the discontinuation of federal programs such as Medicare and Social Security.

Biden has focused more on those issues in recent days, warning that a Republican Congress could threaten to strip benefits from the tens of millions of Americans who rely on those programs.

A White House study released Tuesday morning said 63 million Medicare beneficiaries, 89 million Medicaid beneficiaries and 65 million Social Security beneficiaries would be putting their benefits at risk.

Biden has repeatedly pointed to Scott’s agenda from earlier this year, including a proposal to halt government programs every five years, meaning lawmakers should vote to expand Medicare and Social Security.

The president also cited comments earlier this year from Senator Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) who suggested that funding for Social Security and Medicare should be approved annually through the budgeting process.

But many Republicans have distanced themselves from those kinds of comments and downplayed their interest in drastically lowering or changing Social Security or Medicare, two popular programs that tens of millions of older Americans rely on for supplemental income and health care.

Some GOP lawmakers have dismissed the suggestion as an attempt by Democrats to change the discussion ahead of Election Day at a time when many voters are concerned about Biden’s economy.

Meanwhile, in recent days, Democrats have focused on a particularly bleak scenario: that a Republican-led house would hold the debt ceiling hostage, threatening a government default and an economic crisis if the Biden administration doesn’t agree to austerity measures. . Biden has promised that he would reject any proposal to reduce Social Security or Medicare using his veto power.

Biden is also expected to note Tuesday that Republicans have pledged to repeal parts of the Inflation Reduction Act, which contained provisions to lower health care premiums and prescription drugs.

The White House said in a fact sheet that if Republicans went ahead with that plan, 13 million people with health insurance through the Affordable Care Act would pay an average of $800 more for coverage.

The Valley Voice
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Christopher Brito is a social media producer and trending writer for The Valley Voice, with a focus on sports and stories related to race and culture.

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