President Trump is scheduled to visit the Villages on Thursday to sign an executive order ostensibly protecting Medicare, but Democrats and seniors are protesting his “broken promises” regarding the federal government’s health care plan for those 65 and over.
Members of the Florida Alliance for Retired Americans, the Sumter Democratic Executive Committee and local seniors and retirees will discuss Medicare during a press conference scheduled for Thursday morning, hours before the president’s appearance.
The Florida Democratic Party issued a press release on Tuesday noting that Trump promised Floridians on the campaign trail in 2016 that he would not cut Medicare. In fact, the Democrats said, “he’s advocated for deep cuts to Medicare and Social Security and continues to work to dismantle the Affordable Care Act.”
The Trump administration is backing a lawsuit that seeks to overturn the ACA. A federal judge in Texas ruled in December that the ACA is unconstitutional and should be struck down in its entirety. That ruling is under appeal, but Trump’s Justice Department is backing the decision and argues that “Obamacare must go.”
Trump has insisted that he has no intention of cutting Social Security or Medicare. However, the New York Times reported in August that although congressional Republicans don’t believe he’d push for cuts to those popular programs before the 2020 election, “they acknowledged that efforts to curb the projected growth in so called mandatory federal spending were warranted.”
The president will appear at the Sharon L. Morse Performing Arts Center in Spanish Springs Town Square in the Villages at 1:30 p.m. It is listed as a private event.
The press conference protesting the president’s Medicare policy takes place at 9:30 a.m. on Thursday at the Sumter Democratic Executive Committee headquarters. 300 N Main St. in Wildwood.