The Common Good

Rev. David Beckmann on impact of looming sequestration health care cuts: ‘Those cuts kill’

Source: Current TV
Date: February 26, 2013

Rev. David Beckmann, president of Bread for the World, joins John Fugelsang on “Viewpoint” to explain why he signed a “pastoral letter” urging President Obama and congressional leaders to protect programs for the poor as the March 1, 2013, sequestration deadline looms.

“[Sequestration] cuts 600,000 women and children off nutrition assistance in this country. The estimate is that it may throw 700,000 people out of work. You know, that’s the worst thing for poor people. And then globally, it will cut back on medications for AIDS and tuberculosis and malaria,” Beckmann says. “Those cuts kill.”

“Figuring out how to cut back, how to reduce our deficit without hurting people who are having a hard time feeding their kids is really important to our national character,” Beckmann says.