Politicians aiming to cut Social Security and Medicare use weasel words to hide their plans. Let’s call them on it.

Politicians aiming to cut Social Security and Medicare use weasel words to hide their plans. Let’s call them on it.

“Though many policy makers want to cut these social insurance programs, they rarely say ‘cut,’” he writes. “Instead, because the programs are so highly valued by recipients, policy makers say ‘reform,’ ‘overhaul,’ ‘change,’ ‘revamp,’ and ‘fix’ the program. In the vast majority of these formulations, these verbs are euphemisms for cuts, and it’s very important for journalists to call them out as such…. Please stop the obfuscation. When policy makers are talking about cutting entitlements, call it like it is.”

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