Bernie Sanders Tells Trump 'Keep Your Promises', Don't Cut Social Security Or Medicare

Sarah Runge

Despite Donald Trump's campaign pledge not to touch Medicare, House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) has already begun plotting to gut the program through privatization. According to Salon, Trump's win has emboldened Ryan in his quest to dismantle Social Security and Medicare.

"Ryan has wanted to destroy Medicare for years, only to run into the little problem of it being an overwhelmingly popular program, even among the Republican base, which skews toward the elderly who rely on it for their spiraling health care bills."

The day after his nomination, Rep. Price, who is well known for being adamantly against Medicare, released a plan that would enable automatic, across-the-board cuts to Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid for working class and low-income Americans.

— NationalNursesUnited (@NationalNurses) December 7, 2016

"Rep. Price calls this 'budget process reform.' In fact, Rep. Price is using the arcane language of budget process to obscure how these cuts would harm American families and rig the system to slash key social programs without requiring Congress or the president to take responsibility for the result. If Congress enacts President-elect Trump's proposed tax plan—which mostly benefits the wealthiest Americans—then Rep. Price's automatic cuts would slash Social Security by $1.7 trillion and Medicare by $1.1 trillion over 10 years."

— Bernie Sanders (@SenSanders) December 30, 2016

— Bernie Sanders (@SenSanders) December 30, 2016

At a press conference held after the delivery of the petition, Sanders reminded Trump of the promises he had made while campaigning.

"You told the seniors of this country you were on their side, you told working people you were on their side. You said you would not cut Social Security, you would not cut Medicare. Millions of us are going to demand that you keep your promise."

— Bernie Sanders (@SenSanders) December 30, 2016

"The other point that you made is, who is going to pay for this stuff? And that is a very fair point. What all of us should know is that over the last 25 years, there has been a massive transfer of wealth in this country from you to the top one-tenth of one percent. In other words, the middle class has shrunk and trillions of dollars have gone to the top one-tenth of one percent. Do you think it's inappropriate to start asking those people to pay their fair share of taxes so we can adequately fund Medicaid and make public colleges and universities tuition-free. Is that an unfair thing to ask?"

— Bernie Sanders (@SenSanders) December 14, 2016

"At a time when Americans seem deeply divided about the right size and role of government, it is striking that Americans across political and generational lines agree on specific policies to pay for and improve Social Security benefits."

— Bernie Sanders (@SenSanders) December 11, 2016