Fact Sheet
December 2012

Protecting Health Care Programs from Spending Cuts

Many government leaders have proposed cutting health care programs such as Medicare and Medicaid to reduce federal spending. However, cutting these programs would hurt both American families and the economy.

This series refutes the arguments that promote cutting Medicare and Medicaid and explains why cuts to these programs would hurt vulnerable Americans and place a greater burden on state economies. These fact sheets also describe the benefits of health care programs, such as better education for children and improved health for seniors and low-income adults.

Policy makers and advocates can use these fact sheets to bolster arguments in favor of protecting vital health care programs from spending cuts.