Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Ryan's budget: Another front in the war on women

The budget proposal put forth by Paul Ryan is a vicious and cruel all-out attack on everyone under the age of 55, but the cuts to Medicare and Medicaid that the Ryan plan proposes would be felt acutely by women, who make up more than half of the beneficiaries of both programs, and women retire closer to the poverty line than men do. Women who are alone, who either never married or who are divorced or widowed and never remarried would be particularly vulnerable....

Here is the bottom line: Ryan's plan would amount to transfering the entire monthly Social Security benefit for female seniors to private health insurance companies.

The Medicare part of Ryan's plan is even worse for women, who comprise about 70% of all Medicaid clients. 

Tammy Booth, who wrote this as part of a series she's writing as a blogging fellow for the Strengthen Social Security Campaign, a coalition of more than 270 national and state organizations dedicated to preserving and strengthening Social Security, has much more.

Read it here.

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