Schakowsky: GOP Medicare Reform Is Part of Scheme to Gut Social Security

Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky (D., Ill.) reacted to Sen. Lindsey Graham's (R., S.C.) comments concerning his willingness to raise revenue in exchange for bending the cost curve of entitlements downward Wednesday on MSNBC.

Despite Sen. Graham's outreach, Schakowsky was not encouraged by what she characterized as a broader GOP effort to gut medicare, medicaid, and social security:

AL SHARPTON: […] I've been no fan of [Sen. Lindsey Graham] on this show and other places. But, for him to mention revenue, Congresswoman, is a big deal.

JAN SCHAKOWSKY: You know, he mentioned revenue, but he also mentioned the real prize that they're after. And that is social security, which had nothing to do with the deficit, medicare and medicaid, so that's where they really want to go. So to cut those programs, to cut the benefits of those programs is what they really want to do, and that will cause enormous pain, not just for today but for generations to come and I think that is a bad trade-off for us to be making.

Full interview: