Hands Off Social Security and Medicare. Make Wall Street Pay.
Medicare: Protect it, Improve it, and Expand it to All!
On Saturday, June 26 in 20 cities, America Speaks, funded by billionaire Pete Peterson’s Foundation, will be holding one day “discussions” to preach about the dangers of “the deficit”. These events are nothing more than efforts to soften up the public to accept Medicare and Social Security cuts when the deficit commission reports before December 1.
These articles have more detailed information:
Facts on Medicare, Social Security, and the Deficit Commission
AmericaSpeaks–What is not on the program
Whacking the Old Folks
Has Obama created a Social Security ‘death panel’?
Don’t Confuse Pete Peterson’s Desire to Slash Medicare with the Goals of HealthCare Reform –Part 1
Wall Street Propaganda: Blame Social Security
We urge you to attend and speak up boldly at these America Speaks events which are open to the public at no charge. Check here to see if there is one in your city and to sign up.
There will be protests outside many of the June 26 meetings to demand “Hands off Social Security and Medicare—Make Wall Street Pay.” Below is the press release for the protest rally that will be held in Detroit. If there is one near you, join it!
NEWS: Immediate Release
Hands Off Medicare and Social Security
Detroit, MI – Activists in support of Medicare for All, universal health care interested in preserving Medicare and Social Security are protesting the AmericaSpeaks “town meeting” this Saturday at Wayne State University in Detroit, MI at 11:00 am.
Kay Tillow, head of the Kentuckians for Single Payer Healthcare (KSPH), said that “AmericaSpeaks events being held across the nation on June 26 are funded by right-wing foundations wanting to curtail federal retirement programs.”
“It appears that AmericaSpeaks wants to shape the national discussion so it can provide feedback to the President’s newly appointed Fiscal Commission, an 18-member group charged with giving Congress a report next December on how to reduce the national deficit,” Tillow said. “But the commission is stacked heavily in favor of slashing benefits in both Medicare and Social Security. On top of that, the commission’s staff is being provided by Wall Street billionaire Pete Peterson’s Foundation, which is also funding the AmericaSpeaks event. For decades Peterson has been trying to privatize or get rid of Social Security.”
Retirees for Single Payer member, Bob Sisler, said “a public rally is scheduled for 11:00 a.m. Saturday outside McGregor Conference Center, Wayne State University, 495 W Ferry Mall. Anyone from the public who wants to preserve Social Security and protect Medicare is invited.”
Healthcare NOW!’s National Organizer, Katie Robbins, points out that Social Security has not contributed one dime to the nation’s deficit. In fact, it has accumulated a massive surplus of $2.5 trillion from many decades of workers paying into the system from every paycheck.”
“As for Medicare’s financial troubles, they are quite fixable without any reduction of benefits. For 40 years Medicare’s critics have warned of impending doom for the program but it always gets repaired. Here’s our suggested fix: Eliminate the massive waste and expense caused by the private for profit insurance companies. Put the savings into Medicare–protect it, improve it, and expand it to all.”
Protest rally: 11:00am – Noon, Saturday, June 26, 2010
Place: McGregor Conference Center, Wayne State University, 495 W Ferry Mall Detroit, MI 48202