by John Horst, Director of Advocacy and Governmental Affairs
You have heard much on the news about the federal tax bill that was passed in the U.S. House of Representatives and now a similar tax bill is being proposed by the U.S. Senate. It may come up for a vote as early as this week. There is no question that revised tax legislation is needed but this bill as proposed in the Senate is not acceptable. It is a tax scheme that especially harms older Americans, people with disabilities and those with pre-existing conditions.
Why All of Us Should Call Senator Pat Toomey Now and Urge Him to Vote NO on This Tax Bill:
The health and financial security of older Americans and persons with disabilities are at risk in this bill.
It eliminates a tax deduction vital to all with high medical costs.
It removes an incentive for businesses to hire people with disabilities.
It may result in older persons and those with disabilities paying more taxes on Social Security benefits.
It provides for massive tax cuts for the wealthy that would threaten Medicare and Medicaid.
It raises taxes on nearly half of middle class families and cuts children’s healthcare.
It provides for those making more than $5 million to receive a huge tax cut while those making less than $55,000 get a tax hike.
It includes the repeal of the individual mandate that all must have health insurance. This is an attempt to damage Affordable Care Act, Obamacare, which they have not been able to do previously.
To reach Senator Toomey call (888) 516-5820 or (202) 224-3121. Here are suggestions on what you might say:
State your name, town, zip code and that you are a voting constituent. “I want Senator Toomey to oppose the Senate tax plan that delivers huge tax cuts to the richest 1% and large corporations by increasing taxes on millions of middle-class Americans and slashing Medicare, Medicaid, and education. It is wrong to give special tax breaks to the wealthy and powerful at the expense of working families.
Thank you for making this call and expressing your concern for middle-class and low income families, for children, and for people with disabilities