Frightening news: Yesterday, President Obama offered to consider cuts to the social safety net as part of a deal to undo the sequester.
MoveOn needs to expand our emergency campaign to oppose any benefit cuts to Social Security, Medicare, or Medicaid, right now.
Last year, President Obama offered Republicans a heartbreaking deal that would have slashed Social Security benefits by $112 billion over a decade.1 MoveOn members overwhelmingly opposed it. And together with allies, we won.
Yesterday, faced with Republican obstructionism, the president once again—and more clearly than ever—offered to put our social safety net on the negotiating table.2
We have a plan to launch an ambitious push, with allies inside and outside of Congress, to oppose any benefit cuts to Social Security, Medicare, or Medicaid.
Here’s what we’re thinking:
* We’ll make sure middle-class champions know we have their backs. Lawmakers fighting to preserve Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid need to know we have their backs, so we’ll publicly thank them and run ads in support of their leadership.
* We’ll speak truth to power. Specifically, we’ll remind Democrats that hard-hitting ads and MoveOn-backed primary challenges for those who vote to slash our social safety net are a very real possibility.
* We’ll change the national debate. We’ll be ready to run powerful TV ads featuring a MoveOn member who would be directly impacted by benefit cuts, and have organizers helping folks start and deliver petitions on MoveOn.org’s petition site, SignOn.org, opposing any cuts to the social safety net.
* We’ll join with coalition partners in building big protests. This will include sit-ins and other community actions to oppose the Washington austerity agenda.
* We’ll flood Congress and the White House. We’ll jam phone lines, bury offices in stacks of petitions, and flood senators with faxes showing significant opposition to any deal that cuts Social Security, Medicare, or Medicaid benefits.
Now’s the time to dig deep. Our plan costs $250,000 just to get started—and we’ll need more to keep it going for the coming weeks. Can you chip in?
This isn’t the first time there’s been talk of a “grand bargain,” and it won’t be the last.
We’ve won this fight before, and we can do it again. Obama’s latest offer to consider cuts just happened yesterday. There’s still time to work with allies inside and outside of Congress.
We know this kind of campaign works. For several years now, progressives inside and outside of Congress have united behind a simple message: No cuts to Social Security, Medicare, or Medicaid benefits. Again and again, it’s worked.
But to keep winning, we have to keep our laser focus. We can’t afford to wait for a last-minute “grand bargain” to take us by surprise. We need to go big now.
Thanks for all you do.
–Ilya, Elena, Mark, Manny, and the rest of the team
1. “AARP to Congress and the President: Don’t Cut Social Security,” AARP, December 18, 2012
2. “Obama Renews Offer to Cut Social Safety Net in Big Budget Deal,” March 4, 2013
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