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#tbt: The GOP and Senior Care.

Senior Care PhotoIt’s throwback Thursday, and it’s definitely time to take a look back at Minnesota Republican policies from the past. I’ll warn you: It’s not pretty.

In 2011 and 2012, the Minnesota GOP made deep cuts to senior care.

Republicans made it more expensive to keep aging seniors in their homes, and forced many into expensive nursing homes. GOP Legislators sponsored and voted for a bill that would sell nursing home rooms to the highest bidder, instead of maintaining the requirement that all residents pay the same regardless of their source of payment. [SF 1948] This would mean seniors who rely on Medicare or Medicaid could be unable to find quality, affordable nursing home care. [MN House Session Weekly, 03/23/12]

Republicans also voted to cut $931 million from Minnesota hospitals and health care, putting our health and 20,000 good paying jobs at risk. [MPR, 05/20/11]

Why did Republicans make these cuts? To protect tax breaks for the wealthy and big corporations, of course.

Republicans voted to eliminate corporate property taxes, even for out-of-state corporations, putting Minnesota communities at risk. [MPR, 03/31/12]

By looking back at Republicans’ past actions, we can tell that they don’t think that we should make sure our seniors can retire with dignity and quality, affordable care.

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