Sign the petition

The petition reads:

“Mr. President,

There’s no good reason to cut Social Security. Period. We’ve already been paying for it our entire working lives – and it doesn’t add a penny to the deficit. And touching Medicare and Medicaid, the safety net for our parents, grandparents, the working poor and people with disabilities? Inexcusable.

I am counting on you to protect Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid from cuts by the Super Congress. Stand for me – and I’ll stand for you.

Sincerely,
[your name here]”

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Obama: Take The New Deal #OffTheTable

News reports yesterday indicated that President Obama is taking Social Security #OffTheTable from the Super Congress in his deficit speech next week. The White House spokespeople were candid about the reason: overwhelming pressure from ordinary Americans fighting to protect Social Security.1

President Obama is listening on Social Security – now we need to make sure he’s also listening on Medicare and Medicaid.

Now more than ever we need the president to hear us: cutting Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid is #OffTheTable – Period. The American people won’t stand for it. Watch our video explaining why Social Security is under attack, and then sign our letter to President Obama.





The moment those news reports went out, the right-wing noise machine cranked up their talk radio and TV assault against Social Security, trying to get the president to put Social Security cuts back on the table. The far-right doesn’t just want Social Security on the chopping block – they’re also targeting the sacred promises of Medicare, Medicaid and the whole New Deal.

The simple truth is this: Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid are the foundations of our economic security. That’s why we’re counting on President Obama to spare them from cuts as the Super Congress starts to debate the federal deficit. All he has to do is tell the truth: Social Security does not contribute a penny to the deficit, and its benefits should not be cut, including the Social Security COLA that keeps our benefits up to date with inflation.2

As for Medicare? That’s simply a sacred trust with our parents and grandparents, while Medicaid is utterly crucial for seniors, women, children and people with disabilities.3

It’s time to take Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid #OffTheTable from the Super Congress – and that’s the other 98% of America needs President Obama to start standing strong, and strengthening Social Security – not cutting it.

1. “ Obama backs away from Social Security in deficits plan“, Reuters.
2. “Some politicians say that Social Security’s COLA is too generous. Should it be reduced?“.
3. “Confusion on Social Security and Medicare“, Concord Monitor.