DeSantis and Trump Say Democrats Will Gut Medicare for Seniors

By Susan Jones | November 1, 2018 | 6:08am EDT
President Trump addresses a campaign rally in Florida Wednesday night. (Photo: Screen capture/C-SPAN)

( - When the liberal media bothers to ask Democrats about their campaign message, the reply is "health care."

Be careful, President Trump and Florida gubernatorial candidate Ron DeSantis said at a rally in Florida Wednesday night:

"We will protect your health care," DeSantis promised, noting that his opponent, Democrat Andrew Gillum, has been "hanging out with Bernie Sanders."

And what they want to do -- they call it "Medicare for all." But if you read the fine print, every senior loses Medicare or Medicare Advantage under their plan. They get dumped on a single-payer government system. If you get insurance through your business, that is taken away from you by force. And you are thrown onto a single-payer government plan. Government has no right to take away the health care benefits that you're earning. You deserve to keep it.

(Medicare Advantage Plans are an “all in one” alternative to original Medicare. They are offered by private companies approved by Medicare. These "bundled" plans include hospital insurance, medical insurance, and usually prescription drug coverage.)


Likewise, President Trump said Democrats favor "massive tax hikes and crippling regulations and a socialist health care takeover."

"The majority of Democrats for Congress have already signed up to support a socialist takeover of health care that would destroy Medicare -- eliminating Medicare Advantage for nearly 2 million Florida seniors."

Trump said the Democrats’ “Medicare for all” plan is especially unfair to Hispanic Americans.

“One out of two Hispanic seniors is enrolled in Medicare Advantage, you know that. Republicans will protect Medicare for our great seniors, who have earned and have paid for it. They've been paying for it!  And we will always protect Americans with pre-existing conditions. Always,” Trump promised, although he did not offer details.

(Campaigning in Missouri for Sen. Claire McCaskill, former Vice President Joe Biden said Trump is lying about protecting coverage for pre-existing conditions. "It's simply not true," Biden said. "They're either not telling the truth or they're really stupid," said Biden, the man who worked with a president who lied, "If you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor.")

Trump told the rally that Democrats would use Medicare to fund benefits for illegal aliens at the expense of seniors.

That launched the president into a discussion of birthright citizenship:

And the Democrats want to continue giving automatic birthright citizenship to every child born to an illegal alien, even if they've been on our soil for only a matter of seconds.

Hundreds of thousands of illegal immigrant children are made automatic citizens every year because of this crazy policy, and they are all made instantly eligible for every privilege and benefit of American citizenship at a cost of billions of dollars a year. That's what it costs, billions. Back before the Democrat Party went crazy, they also opposed this practice.

Harry Reid said no sane country -- quote, “no sane country” -- would grant automatic citizenship to te children of illegal immigrants. That's what he said. That's before he went crazy.

Under this policy, anyone who breaks into our country and has a child, the very next moment that child would be made a citizen for life. Great! This policy has even created an entire industry of birth tourism where pregnant mothers travel to America to make their children instant American citizens.

Congress has never passed a law requiring birthright citizenship for illegal aliens -- and the Constitution does NOT -- I say that to the media -- it does not require -- read it! -- because illegal aliens are not subject to the jurisdiction of the United States.

(The comment was greeted with cheers of "USA, USA!" and applause)

Trump also said Democrats favor the practice of "catch and release," which allows illegal aliens to go free if they promise to appear in court for their immigration hearings.

“A Democrat victory on Election Day would be a bright, flashing invitation to traffickers, smugglers, drug dealers and gang members all over the world – come on in. That’s what you’re saying."

Trump promised to take the "release" out of the "catch-and-release" phrase.

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