One Year Later, GOP Still Targeting Medicare and Social Security

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Ben Anderson, Communications Director
Phone: +1 (801) 830-0645




SALT LAKE CITY, February 22, 2023 One year ago today, Senator Rick Scott rolled out his Republicans agenda ahead of the 2022 midterm elections, which included plans to put Medicare and Social Security on the chopping block. Since then, Republicans across the country have repeatedly doubled down on their support for going after these essential programs, including Sen. Mike Lee right here in Utah.


“One year ago today, Rick Scott made it clear that putting Social Security and Medicare on the chopping block is a key part of Republicans’ extreme agenda – and the rest of the party has doubled down. The contrast is clear: While Republicans are trying to cut the programs Utahns rely on, Democrats are fighting to protect them,” said Diane Lewis, Utah Democratic Party Chair.


Meanwhile, it’s not just congressional Republicans who support cutting Social Security and Medicare. As the 2024 GOP presidential race for the MAGA base heats up, hopefuls have doubled down on cutting the programs:


  • Nikki Haley, who supported Paul Ryan’s plan to end Medicare as we know it, leaned into proposed cuts to Social Security and Medicare following her campaign announcement last week
  • Mike Pence has refused to back down on his plan to partially privatize Social Security
  • Donald Trump released budget proposals that included cuts to Medicare and Social Security programs every year he was in office
  • Ron DeSantis has voiced his support for increasing the retirement age and privatizing Medicare and Social Security
  • And Mike Pompeo, Tim Scott, and Kristi Noem all supported legislation that would end Medicare as we know it.


The Utah Democratic party is the face and voice of Democrats in the State of Utah. We believe that Utahns deserve strong, competent leadership that puts the people and democracy first. 

For more information, contact Ben Anderson at or +1 (801) 830-0645.

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