Senate, House Champions Proclaim Support for Medicaid

A squad of Democratic Medicaid champions — senators Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Ben Cardin (MD), Al Franken (MN), Tom Harkin (IA), Jay Rockefeller (WV) and Sheldon Whitehouse (RI) were joined by representatives Elijah Cummings (MD-7), Chris Van Hollen (MD-8) and Henry Waxman (CA-30) — gathered with reporters Tuesday to talk about Medicaid’s importance to their vulnerable constituents.

Ali Allen, a California health care worker who has served countless children, seniors, and persons with disabilities who rely upon Medicaid, made a powerful appeal to the nation to keep in mind impact of policies on real human beings.

The elected officials outlined how many of their constituents would be affected, including children and seniors who count on Medicaid to supplement Medicare, especially for long-term care.

“Any cut in Medicaid will be felt by our most vulnerable. We can’t let that happen. That’s what’s at stake,” said Sen. Cardin.

Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security have been key targets of “astroturf” front-groups like Fix the Debt and the Tea Party-dominated House GOP caucus.

“If you want to boil it down to one message: Keep your hands off the Medicaid program,” said Rep. Waxman.