Corker, Alexander Vote Puts Medicare, Medicaid at Risk

For Immediate Release:

October 22, 2017

Contact: Andy Spears 615.815.4544 or


Alexander, Corker Vote for Senate Budget Resolution That Puts Health Care for Tennessee Families at Risk


Resolution sets up blueprint for tax cuts that disproportionately benefit wealthy households while cutting health care and education for everyone else


(Nashville, TN)- The U.S. Senate voted late Thursday to approve a Budget Resolution that sets a framework for cuts to federal healthcare and education as well as tax cuts that mainly benefit corporations and the wealthiest households. The Resolution includes a $1.5 trillion tax cut that will increase the deficit and may force cuts to Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security, education, and other services benefitting Tennessee families and communities.


Senators Alexander and Corker both voted in support of the Resolution that could put Medicaid for 1.5 million Tennesseans at risk as well as Medicare for 1.2 million people with disabilities and seniors.


The Senate budget includes $5.8 trillion in cuts to federal spending, including nearly $500 billion from Medicare and $1.3 trillion from Medicaid and other healthcare programs. Another $650 billion may be cut from income security programs, such as Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, or food stamps), Supplemental Security Income (SSI) for disabled individuals, and tax credits for working families.


“Time and time again – and despite promising rhetoric, Senators Alexander and Corker have shown that their priorities are taking care of the rich and big business, not Tennessee families. They both supported repealing the Affordable Care Act, which would have taken health coverage and Medicaid from hundreds of thousands of people and now they have given early support to a budget plan that would make even more cuts to healthcare and other programs—all to give tax breaks to the people who need them least,” said Andy Spears, executive director of Tennessee Citizen Action.


The Resolution creates instructions to make these cuts and write legislation for tax breaks that mainly benefit the wealthiest Americans and big corporations on a framework laid out by President Trump earlier this year. Under the plan supporter by Alexander and Corker, millionaires, which comprise less than 1% of the population in Tennessee would receive about 52% of the tax breaks.


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