Richmond, VA, Nov. 27– According to a new report released by the AFL-CIO, 1,284,823 Virginians could be negatively impacted if Congress attempts cuts to Social Security, including 199,923 people with disabilities and 101,254 children. Of the 945,527 Virginians who get their health care coverage from Medicaid, 521,152 children and 105,853 seniors could be affected if the lame duck Congress makes cuts to Medicaid benefits. Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid combined deliver $32.3 billion per year into Virginia’s economy.
As the so-called “fiscal cliff” approaches, members of Congress have suggested cuts to benefits for Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid even while calling for renewing tax cuts for the richest 2%. If those tax cuts are renewed, the richest 2% in Virginia would receive an average of $20,060 in tax cuts, while the rest of Virginians would receive an average of $1,440. The 2012 House Republican budget plan would cut federal support to Virginia’s Medicaid program by at least $11.8 billion (23%) over 10 years.
Virginia working families have been mobilizing around the Lame Duck session and will continue calling on Congress to end tax cuts for the richest 2% and to say no to cuts to benefits for Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security.
“We need to protect Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security benefits and other important programs that support our working families,” said Doris Crouse-Mays, Virginia AFL-CIO President. “Retirees, people with disabilities and children shouldn’t have to suffer because some in Congress want to give more tax breaks to the richest 2%. It’s time for the richest 2% to pay their fair share and for our elected officials to strengthen programs that create jobs and rebuild the middle class.”
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