July 1, 2024

Trump says he will not cut Social Security or Medicare

Former President Donald Trump has vowed to neither cut Social Security or Medicare benefits. 

Fox News reports that Trump made the promise - multiple times - over the past week, including at the recently held presidential debate.

Medicare benefits, in particular, have become an important issue in the 2024 presidential election.

Both candidates - Trump and President Joe Biden - have attempted to attack each other on the subject. But, it appears that Trump has gained the upper hand.

"I will not cut one penny"

Trump, about a week ago, during a rally at Temple University's Philadelphia campus, told those in attendance that, if elected president, he "will not cut one penny" from either Social Security or Medicare. At the same time, he claimed that Biden is destroying these benefits.

"I will not cut one penny from Social Security or Medicare, which Joe Biden is destroying by letting millions of people come into our country. He’s destroying Medicare and Social Security," Trump said.

He added, "Joe Biden has cut Medicare Advantage for the last two years. Did you know that? He’s cut your Medicare Advantage, which is a total betrayal of seniors. And just check, you’ll see it. He has cut you down for two years straight."

Another Biden backfire

At the first presidential debate, on Thursday, it was Biden who tried to claim that Trump is a threat to Medicare and that he is the savior.

"We finally beat Medicare," Biden said.

Trump, here, pounced on Biden.

"He’s right, he did beat Medicare, beat it to death. And he’s destroying Medicare because of all these people are coming in, they’re putting them on Medicare, they’re putting them on Social Security," Trump replied.

Here are the facts:

Based on what we have seen from both Biden and Trump's presidencies, it would appear that it is Biden is poses a bigger threat to Medicare than Trump.

Fox News reports:

The Biden administration in April finalized plans to cut MA benefits, which experts said could lead to an additional $33 a month for out-of-pocket costs, or $396 a year, for enrollees. Critics of the cuts said they would be especially devastating to seniors living on fixed incomes who are already coping with ongoing inflation issues.

This has turned into a hot-button issue for the election because Americans are already hurting under the Biden administration and cuts to Medicare could make the situation worse for tens of millions of citizens.

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