For over a yr now, I’ve learn story after story concerning the unbelievable investments being made in our group, because of the American Rescue Plan. I’ve seen how Gov. Whitmer is utilizing funds from the bipartisan infrastructure regulation to rebuild West Michigan. I’ve watched how President Biden and Democrats are working to decrease prices for Michigan seniors by bolstering the social security program and reducing prices for lifesaving pharmaceuticals like insulin.
Every time I see information highlighting what Democrats have achieved to assist folks like me, I do not forget that Republicans like Invoice Huizenga not solely voted towards these measures each step of the way in which, but in addition have a plan that might dismantle two of a very powerful applications for Michiganders with disabilities: Medicare and Social Security.
I’ve lived in Michigan for six years. After I first began working right here, I used to be concerned in a traumatic incident that left me with a incapacity I’ve been residing with for years now. As a result of employee’s compensation wasn’t sufficient to assist me pay for my medical payments, I’ve needed to depend on Medicare/Medicaid to get reasonably priced well being protection.
Previous to my accident I paid into Social Security and Medicare in each paycheck, as a result of I anticipated them to be accessible to me once I wanted them most. However Republicans have been relentless in attacking them.
I’m one of many 2.1 million Michiganders who depend on Medicare for my well being wants. Disabled Michiganders are an enormous group of people that obtain Medicare advantages. Politicians like Huizenga neglect about us when he advocates eliminating this common, important program.
Republicans throughout the nation have rallied round Sen. Rick Scott’s ridiculous plan to sundown Medicare and Social Security. If the Republican Social gathering will get the bulk in Congress this November, a Florida man’s inconsiderate thought will hurt each single Michigan senior and particular person with disabilities.
Our consultant has remained silent on whether or not or not he helps it, however we deserve solutions.
Whereas the GOP releases plans and debates how far they’ll go to line their very own pockets, for me, the selection is obvious. President Biden and Democrats wish to preserve Medicare intact and reduce prices by making the wealthiest Individuals pay their fair proportion in taxes whereas additionally working to decrease prices for working households like mine. For the previous yr, I’ve seen Democrats delivering and remaining centered on serving to working households, and now they’re going to bat for our seniors. In the meantime, we’ve received a man price $1.5 million representing a district with a mean earnings of $60,000 telling us our wants are too costly and the advantages we depend on can’t be saved.
With out Medicare, I might wrestle to afford the treatment I depend on. This can be a actually huge deal, and Huizenga doesn’t appear to care.
Voters from Holland to Kalamazoo need to know if Huizenga helps this plan to remove the hard-earned advantages of his senior constituents. We need to know if he’ll pull the plug on well being take care of hundreds throughout the brand new fourth district. We need to know if he’ll drive hundreds of disabled West Michiganders to pay large prices for medical insurance once they might have entry to Medicare.
We already know he thinks elevating the retirement age, elevating our taxes or rising the cap on how a lot we are able to earn, is the one answer to “saving” our advantages, however does he agree with this GOP plan that it needs to be eradicated outright?
Re-electing Huizenga would imply placing Medicare and Social Security at risk — Democrats will shield these common applications. Put merely, Michiganders who depend on Medicare or Social Security can’t afford Republican management and we are able to’t afford Invoice Huizenga.
— Javier Juarez is a resident of Allegan County.