Graphic by Desiree Tapia
Graphic by Desiree Tapia

Florida Sen. Rick Scott, who is in charge of winning back control of the US Senate for the GOP, introduced a plan that would raise taxes and could end Social Security and Medicare for more than 2.1 million Michiganders–and eliminate Medicaid coverage for 2.8 million in the state.

Need to Know

  • 94% of likely voters said they have heard little or nothing at all about Scott’s plan, with 72% hearing nothing at all, according to a new Courier Newsroom/Data for Progress poll. 
  • When voters learn about Scott’s plan, they overwhelmingly oppose it, with 71% of respondents, including 62% of Republicans, opposed. 
  • “This plan is absolutely shameful, and it’s no wonder it’s deeply unpopular,” said Alyssa Bradley, spokesperson for the Michigan Democratic Party.

MICHIGAN–Did you know that a top Republican senator introduced a plan that could increase taxes on more than one-third of Michiganders and put Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security, and the Affordable Care Act in jeopardy?

If you answered ‘no,’ you’re not alone. According to a new Courier Newsroom/Data for Progress poll, 94% of likely voters said they have heard little or nothing at all about Florida Sen. Rick Scott’s 60-page plan to “Rescue America,” with 72% hearing nothing at all. 

When voters learn about Scott’s plan, they overwhelmingly oppose it, with 71% of respondents, including 62% of Republicans, against Scott’s plan. Only 15% of likely voters support it.

Such opposition is not exactly surprising, since the plan would raise taxes on tens of millions of Americans and “sunset” all federal legislation in five years, requiring Congress to re-authorize every federal law, including those governing Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security. This could create an opening for Republicansto ultimately kill those programs, if they so desire. 

If Scott’s plan were to become law, it could:

  • End Social Security and Medicare for more than 2.1 million Michiganders 
  • End Medicaid coverage for 2.8 million state residents
  • Raise taxes on 38% of Michiganders, according to the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy 
  • Raise taxes on 55% of small businesses in the state, with the typical business paying an extra $800 per year in taxes, according to a White House analysis.

Alyssa Bradley, spokesperson for the Michigan Democratic Party, said the proposal underscored the division between the two parties.

“Republicans have made it abundantly clear that they will end Medicare coverage and Social Security benefits for millions of Michigan seniors and people with disabilities while also raising taxes on 38% of working Michiganders if they win control of Congress in 2022.” Bradley said. “Meanwhile, Democrats are at the forefront of lowering the price of prescription drugs and protecting Michiganders’ benefits—and, come November, voters will remember that.”

The Michigan Republican Party did not respond to a request for comment.

Scott—who in 2018 was worth $260 millionhas defended his plan, even as it could have potentially devastating consequences for seniors, families, and the most vulnerable Michiganders.

The survey of 1,110 likely voters, which was conducted from April 30 to May 3, 2022 also shows that the proposal from the Chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee—the “only national organization dedicated to taking back the Senate majority”—could be electoral poison for Republicans. 

Forty-seven percent of independent voters said Scott’s plan would make them less likely to vote for Republican candidates for Congress in November, while only 12% said it would make them more likely to vote for him. Forty-one percent said it wouldn’t impact their choice.