Rep. Charlie Gonzalez (D-TX) denounced the Republican-approved budget on a Democratic National Committee conference call yesterday, saying the budget will hurt Hispanics. Instead of working to cut the deficit in a responsible manner, the House Republican plan would slash initiatives that are overwhelmingly beneficial to the Hispanic community, including ending Medicare as we know it, and would instead increase health care costs for America’s poor and elderly.
Rep. Charlie Gonzalez said the following on the call yesterday,
“We can achieve the goals that everyone wishes to reach without disproportionately hurting those in our society that are the most vulnerable... On its face, two thirds of the spending cuts in the Ryan Plan come from programs that benefit low income and moderate income families. We can do what we need to do to continue to get this country back on the move, balance our budget and reduce our national debt. But we don’t have to do it on the backs of those individuals that are the most vulnerable in our society and are simply trying to move forward, better their lives, and are trying to make a greater contribution than they are making at the present time.”
Coralia “Cora” Meruelo, a Medicare beneficiary, said the following:
“I have used Medicare to take care of my chronic bronchitis, I have used it for a screening because there is a history of cancer in my family and I have recently used Medicare to help me recover from shingles. Regardless of how well you take care of yourself, something always happens. I can’t tell you how grateful I am, since I don’t have a significant income. I cannot even begin to imagine the difficulties others like me would face if Medicare were changed the way the Republicans want to change it. Medicare has been part of my life. If Medicare as we know it comes to an end, people like me would have two choices: We would either have unbearable bills or I would be unhealthier people. I hope Republicans have better sense than to put future generations of seniors in that position.”