Dear Democracy Now! Visitor: We are an independent, ad-free daily news program that serves millions of viewers and listeners each month. In this US election year, Democracy Now! is more important than ever. For 20 years, we’ve put a spotlight on corporate and government abuses of power. We lift up the stories of ordinary people working to make change in extraordinary times. We do all of this with just a fraction of the budget and staff of a commercial news show. We do it without ads, corporate sponsorship or government funding. How is this possible? Only with your support. A generous funder will match your donation dollar for dollar if you donate right now. That means when you give $10, your donation will be worth $20. Pretty exciting, right? So, if you've been waiting to make your contribution to Democracy Now!, today is your day. It takes just a couple of minutes to make sure that Democracy Now! is there for you every day.

Your Donation: $

Obama Touts Jobs Plan Ahead of Expected Call for Medicaid Cuts

September 14, 2011
Headlines

The bleak economic outlook comes as President Obama continues to tout his new jobs plan submitted to Congress earlier this week. On Tuesday, Obama addressed a rally in Columbus, Ohio.

President Obama: "Maybe there’s some people in Congress who would rather settle our differences at the ballot box than work together right now, but I’ve got news for them. The next election is 14 months away, and the American people don’t have the luxury of waiting that long. You’ve got folks who are living week to week, paycheck to paycheck. They need action, and they need it now."

Obama has drawn praise from progressive Democrats for his $447 billion plan to spur job growth. But concerns are now being raised over Obama’s stated willingness to target entitlement programs such Medicare and Medicaid. In a new proposal next week, Obama is expected to call for nearly $300 billion to $500 billion in cuts to entitlements over a 10-year period.


The original content of this program is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 United States License. Please attribute legal copies of this work to democracynow.org. Some of the work(s) that this program incorporates, however, may be separately licensed. For further information or additional permissions, contact us.