UPDATED FACT SHEET: Senate Republicans’ Agenda Would Raise Taxes “On Over Halfof Americans,” Put An “End To Social Security, Medicare,” & “Repeal the Affordable Care Act”

Senate Republicans have unveiled their party’s midterm agenda: – and it’s not just to raise taxes on “over half of Americans.”

New reporting has detailed how Senate Republicans are also planning to put “an end to social security, medicare,” “repeal the Affordable Care Act,” which would spike health care costs and strip away coverage protections for pre-existing conditions, and have “made quite the admission” that they will not lower drug costs.

Here are the facts:

Senate Republicans will “raise taxes on as much as half of the country.” [Washington Post, 2/22/22]

  • Ramesh Ponnuru, National Review: “Might also have been good to put out an agenda that did not include raising taxes on more than a hundred million Americans.”
  • Bill Kristol, The Bulwark: “The NRSC head is promising to raise income taxes on tens of millions of Americans, including retirees.”

*NEW* Senate Republicans’ plan “could mean an end to Social Security, Medicare.” [Washington Post, 3/11/22]

  • Matthew Yglesias, Bloomberg News: “Scott’s plan proposes to ‘force Congress to issue a report every year telling the public what they plan to do when Social Security and Medicare go bankrupt’ — trying to edge entitlement cuts back onto the public agenda.”
  • Dana Milbank, Washington Post: “Scott’s plan would also sunset — eliminate — all federal legislation over five years… That could mean an end to Social Security, Medicare.”
  • Tom Hartmann, Salon: “GOP’s new plan: Raise taxes on working people, end Social Security and Medicare”
  • The Republican plan to end Social Security would rip benefits away from over 65 million Americans, including 97% of seniors, pushing more than 16 million older Americans into poverty. Ending Medicare would kick over 61 million Americans off of their health care.

*NEW* Senate Republicans pledged to “repeal the Affordable Care Act” – spiking health care costs, jeopardizing protections for pre-existing conditions. [Washington Post, 3/7/22]

  • Sen. Ron Johnson said Republicans “should again try to repeal the Affordable Care Act” if they win the Senate majority. [Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 3/7/22]

*NEW* Senate Republicans “made quite the admission” that a GOP majority would not take action to lower the cost of prescription drugs. [POLITICO, 3/16/22; MSNBC, 3/17/22]

  • Steve Benen, MSNBC: “Grassley was effectively admitting what many have long understood: If his party controls even one chamber of Congress after this year’s midterm elections, legislation to address the cost of medications almost certainly won’t pass.”

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