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Labor's Edge: Views from the California Labor Movement

State-by-State: Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid

by Jackie Tortora, AFL-CIO

Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid aren't just numbers on a budget line, they're vital family protection lifelines for working people. 

Did you know 55.4 million Americans across the United States receive monthly Social Security checks, including 8.6 million workers with disabilities and 4.4 million children? A total of 48.7 million Americans get their health care coverage from Medicare and 64.4 million Americans get their health care coverage from Medicaid, including 29.8 million children and 4.2 million seniors.

When members of Congress make decisions on the budget debate during the lame-duck session in the next few weeks, they're going to face some enormous pressure from millionaires and billionaires to cut Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid in order to continue tax giveaways for the richest 2%. 

Working families understand how important these lifelines are and reject benefit cuts

We have five weeks to tell Congress to let the Bush tax cuts for the richest 2% expire and reject any benefit cuts to Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid. Visit for all the information you need on the upcoming budget showdown. 

If you want to see how Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid affect people in your state and grow the local economy, check out the AFL-CIO's new state fact sheets. Click on your state or choose it from the drop-down menu. 

Posted on 11/27/2012Permalink

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