Don't Touch Our Medicare! Group Warns Obama

By Chris Good

President Obama will outline a deficit plan tomorrow, seeking to nip in the bud any steam building behind the GOP's own budget plans, and he's widely expected to say something about future spending on Medicare and Medicaid.

Ahead of that speech, the liberal advocates at the Progressive Change Campaign Committee (PCCC) are circulating a petition calling on Obama not to embrace any reductions in Medicare or Medicaid benefits.

It reads:

President Obama: If you cut Medicare and Medicaid benefits for me, my parents, my grandparents, or families like mine, don't ask for a penny of my money or an hour of my time in 2012. I'm going to focus on electing bold progressive candidates -- not Democrats who help Republicans make harmful cuts to key programs.

The petition has gained over 30,000 signatures in its first two hours online, PCCC told The Atlantic.

To promote this petition, the group gathered up some criticisms of the president from his own former 2008 campaign volunteers, including them in an email to members. Such as:

Joelle Barnes, Obama volunteer from Pennsylvania:  

"This is like a knife through my heart! This is a Republican thing!"

And:

Suzanne Fair, Obama volunteer from Maryland:

"I know he has to compromise sometimes, but it seems that he is caving to the Republicans far too often. We elected him for real change and I would like to see him stand strong against the corporate rich."

Zing.

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