Call Your Senators – National Call-In Day Today

As part of the negotiations to raise the national debt ceiling, Wall Street-funded politicians in Congress and the White House are proposing significant cuts to Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid. They want to:

– Cut Social Security’s COLA – even though Social Security does not contribute one penny to the national deficit, and is financially secure for decades.

– Raise the eligibility age of Medicare from 65 to 67 – threatening the health and lives of tens of millions of seniors and people with disabilities who are dependent on Medicare for health coverage.

– Implement deep cuts in Medicaid funding, assisting the efforts of governors who have targeted Medicaid for state cuts and endangering tens of millions of Americans who count on Medicaid.

CALL YOUR SENATORS
1-866-251-4044 (toll free)

Tell them:
No cuts to Social Security, Medicare, or Medicaid
No cuts to Social Security’s COLA
No Social Security payroll tax holiday

Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid belong to you – you pay for them in every paycheck. Don’t let them cut it or raid it.

What’s behind this attack?

The refusal of leaders of both parties to increase taxes on the wealthiest Americans and Wall Street – despite a huge decline in tax revenues from the top 1 percent of taxpayers and the majority of big corporations that evade taxes.

Efforts to privatize Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid and raid these benefits for Wall Street banks, investment houses, and insurance companies. Those who created the economic crisis don’t need more handouts.

This action is part of National Nurses United’s Main Street Contract for the American People – a new direction that puts Main Street first and asks Wall Street to pay their fair share.

85 Comments

  1. Louis Piermatteo on July 19, 2011 at 3:35 pm

    The rich in this country have TOO much power!
    Can someone tell me how the breakdown of voters is almost 50%/50%
    Repulicans vs. Democrats. Who are all these people in this country who are voting Republician! Do they all make over $250,000.00 a year in salary. Do they all want to lose their Social Security and Medicare just so the rich don’t have to pay their fair share of taxes. The best analogy I can give to this current situation is that the United States is like that great ship Titanic, it is going down and guess who are in all the lifeboats,the Republicians. I blame ALL those people who voted for Republicans and gave them control of the House last election. I hope your all happy with the possibility of losing your Social security and your Medicare in the near future. There needs to be a national election revolution in this next election and people in this country need to think twice before pushing that Republician button or just like the Titanic the rich will continue to survive and the rest of us are DOOMED !!!



    • PAYEE on July 29, 2011 at 2:34 pm

      CAN U EXPLAIN TO ME WHAT’S GOING ON AND GIVE A WEBSITE TO EXPLAIN IT BETTER?



    • Craig on July 29, 2011 at 7:52 pm

      It’s republicans that are smart enough to know that there will be NONE of these programs if we keep on the same path we are on! How selfish of you to only care about yourself and others currently on the program!



  2. fernando esquivel on July 19, 2011 at 6:32 pm

    it is unamerican, that the ‘republicans are acting like they do not give a sh;’;’;’ t about the american people ..these are acts of “treason”..will show up in the next election ,and most of them have “”X””…on thier back ,we the “voters”…will remember thishere in south texas ,we are planning how to oust all of that suck up to special intrest,and the super rich……what you people want is not “”democracy””………..may the lord have mercy on your soul !!!!



  3. Alois J Zinselmeier, Jr. on July 19, 2011 at 9:47 pm

    I, and many others that paid into SS are Entitled to SS is this why they are calling it an ENTITLEMENT.What the Republicans are doing is the same as stealing. Anyone that votes REPUBLICAN Deserves every thing that comes their way. We should CUT THEIR PAY and BENEFITS and Their Pensions. REPUBLICANS should remember “What goes around comes around”. You will get yours in the end.



  4. Don Lintelman on July 19, 2011 at 10:39 pm

    We need to reach out for help from the rich, not the retired people on Social Security,and medicare.



  5. Don Lintelman on July 19, 2011 at 10:40 pm

    Give the American people a break! Let the rich give their fare share!



  6. June Koenig on July 19, 2011 at 10:42 pm

    I cannot believe that any Democratic House member or Senator would vote for anything that would cut Social Security, or make changes that will affect us in the future. Sounds like our Congress members don’t have a clue how most of the people in our country survive.



  7. Billy Hooper on July 20, 2011 at 7:14 pm

    I think it is a disgrace how the Republicans are acting this whole term of President Obama’s presidency. The speaker of the house (Bonner) should be thrown out of office with all his cohorts. I hope they don’t go broke and have to depend on Social Security and Medicare…I wouldn’t hope that on anyone but if it did…..their tune would change about these “entitlements”. Things are tough enough as it is without the added fear of not getting ones Social Security or not being able to obtain medical help through Medicare. We paid for these things when we worked and now politicians are using these things as a political football. WAKE UP WASHINGTON!!!! LISTEN TO THE PEOPLE!! Cut waste and fraud, not benefits. My wife had to have an MRI a few years ago but they waited too long before they were to give it to her and the hospital never gave the MRI to her….but they charged our insurance company for it. I called the insurance company and told them but all they said was that they just pay whatever the hospital bills. DO YOU KNOW HOW MUCH A HOSPITAL CHARGES FOR AN MRI?? Its outrageous.



  8. g sol on July 20, 2011 at 11:27 pm

    A family member of mine is currently receiving soc sec disability, is dependent on medicare for medical bills. I dont know how we would make it without the benefits received. We all paid into the system for these benefits. It would impose great financial hardship if the benefits were removed. we need every penny of help we get THAT WE PAID INTO FOR. WHat happened to the push for healthcare for all and all that talk we heard about forever…sounded like a blessing…..WAKE UP we are in serious danger of harming our elderly and disabled.



  9. luther gabbard on July 21, 2011 at 1:20 pm

    hey guys let us stop bickering over medicare and ss just leave it alone just work on the over charges the dr. and hospitals make i know they have cost but its to high cost i have cost to but i don’t have no one that i can push my cost on like dr. and hospitales
    i know they had to go to school and it cost them, now they want it all back and they doing pretty good job of getting it back thru medicare and private ins.the people are very angery over letting illegales come into this country they are comming here to break the usa and no one in washington gives a dam they have there eyes closed
    luther



    • Spike Li on July 21, 2011 at 6:53 pm

      The problem with your idea is that you’re speaking of something that you obviously don’t have much knowledge about. I graduated from my undergrad in 2004 with my Biomedical(pre-med) degree. From 1994 to 2004 guess how much the average doctor’s salary increased? Well let’s see, federal and state employees get roughly 3-4% cost of living increase most years. So would it be safe to guess then that physician’s have seen the same for the ten year period? So roughly a 30-40% increase from 1994 salaries. No, the average salary of a physician in 1994 was 120k. The average in 2004 was… 120k. Physician’s have seen an increase in their malpractice insurance in that same period of 300-400% due to ‘sue-happy’ individuals who want things for free. There are certainly bad doctors and situations where suing is justified, but there are plenty more frivolous law suites and this drives up the cost of your medical care. This is why there is beginning to be a shortage of physicians in this country, especially primary care physicians. For example, I am someone who would have been a physician if I could have been able to pay off my medical school/accumulated living costs by the age of 50. But instead I work in medical administration. So I can state, at least in one situation (mine), that doctor’s do not get paid enough. At least not enough to justify the extra 7-10 years of education (residency, internship, schooling). You all can keep pushing for healthcare for all and it’s fine with me if you get it. Just don’t be surprised when you can’t get in to see the doc. If you get healthcare passed for everyone we have a good chance ending up in one of two situations. Either it’s like medicaid, where only 10-20% of medical providers actually accept it, or you will be waiting for weeks, maybe even months to get in to see the doctor.



  10. Jacqi Giordano on July 21, 2011 at 3:27 pm

    Any discussion concerning ss, medicare or medicaid should be off the table at this time. There will be plenty of opportunity later to work on these programs if needed. Our immediate problem is the debt ceiling, NOTHING ELSE. I applaud the president for his enduring patience with what appears to be total disregard for the American people by the Republicans/Tea Baggers. Their agenda gets more “looney tunes” each day. I hope & pray the american people remember this at the polls. I know I certainly will.



  11. Kara on July 21, 2011 at 7:27 pm

    Medicaid Medicare and Social Security are being targeted by the Republican party as a way to turn the attention away from the idea of taxing the wealthy(mainly them). With the debt ceiling being so high I feel there is only one way out of this. Charge every American a debt relief fee based on a percentage of their overall income. Those with no or little income should be charged a minimal standard fee that can be paid over time. Lets be real about who is causing all this debt, its not the people who have little to no income or the middle class. the ones who have caused this debt are the Big Industry owners,politicians, Banks, Oil companies,etc… Leave medicare,medicaid and S.S. alone and target the big companies and politicians who have avoided paying their share of taxes for centuries.Its time for American to have what the IRS calls a tax audit of the BIG industry companies and players. We need to make them pay their share!!!!!!!!



  12. Kathleen Cappella on July 22, 2011 at 11:09 am

    Why would we want a Country full of working people with bad teeth, poor eyesight and undiagnosed health issues? No cuts to the big 3, and single payer health care is essential!



  13. Francis Farrell on July 22, 2011 at 12:34 pm

    Leave Social Security, and Medicare alone.



  14. Dennis R. Burks sr. on July 22, 2011 at 10:28 pm

    im a 52 yr old disabled man the result of a on the job industrial accident 15 yrs ago as it is i barely make ends meet with social security and medicare and medicade my wife a 59 yr old woman is disabled as a result of health issuses which are not getting any better our copays are bad for meds alone we have both spent yrs working before our lifes were changed having paid in to this program i really dont understand how anyone could expect the poor or at best middle class to with stand the trauma u are attempting to cause why isnt it mentioned that the big corps or rich people or the big fancy impotant congress people pay? why dont u cut their pay? also what happens to us and others that are worse off than us? or do u even care? why did we spend billons and billons of dollars over courses of years in other countries instead of planning and taking care of our own? i ask u to dwell on this for a moment before u sentence people {poor / middle class} ones to a certain demise i myself am greatly worried see the social security and medicare is something my wife and i planned on way before we went on it whos gonna take care of us ? the rich people ? the big corps? … thank you..



  15. patricia sexton on July 23, 2011 at 1:30 pm

    I think it is awful that the republicans don’t care. What happened to “we are one nation”, we should take care of each other, but again,GREED,GREED,GREED!!!! We have paid into SS and now you want to take it away from us!! I have worked all my life since I was 16, and had an accident four years ago, I am now disabled, and trying to make ends meet. Republicans, listen, we are not trying to get something for nothing!!! People are going to starve and as if things aren’t bad enough now, you haven’t seen anything yet if the republicans get away with this!!I am proud to be an american, but I’m afraid that our government structure has gone down the tubes!! We put someone into office with a title, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STASTES, for God’s sake let him do his job, and stop thingking of yourselves!!! We also need to take care of our own people and not keep jumping in when the rest of the world needs something.We all want to take care of our families, so lets start right here in the USA. Mr. President, I hope that the the republicans will get a guilty concious and listen to you.



  16. nancy cory Springston on July 25, 2011 at 10:32 pm

    The rich needs to pay taxes,no cuts to the big 3



  17. bonnie smith on July 26, 2011 at 6:31 pm

    i am on social security. i cannot afford a reduction of my social security or medicare. it would be a disaster for me and my fellow seniors. why can,t the wealthy pay their share. we should not make the seniors and poor pay to get the debt under control while the rich get richer with tax breaks and loopholes. if senior,s benefits get cut, it will cost taxpayers more in the long run. the money to take care of seniors will cause tax increase for wage earners. how will that increase jobs? families of seniors already have a burden of taking care of their parents as it is.some seniors have no family left to help take care of them.



  18. bonnie smith on July 26, 2011 at 6:41 pm

    i am against reducing social security, medicare, and medicaid. i am a senior who gets a very small social security check. i cannot work. i am 70yrs old. i am lucky that i have a family to help me but many seniors do not have a family still alive or no family able to help. i don’t see why the millionaires and billionaires can’t pay more taxes and stop using the loophole. they have all they need. greed is the problem in this country. stop blaming the problems on seniors.



  19. bonnie smith on July 26, 2011 at 6:49 pm

    i agree,let the president do his job. stop putting up roadblocks! he seems to be a reasonable man. i will not vote for any republican ever again! these extremists are ruining our country! don’t let them get away with it.



  20. jackie morava on July 29, 2011 at 3:00 am

    i am an american part of a great country once and now we have congress running things jobs gone people going homeless losing their homes what hapend to congress goverment being part of the people by the people fore the people who the hell do you jackwagons think put your buts in office the people and the people are hurting and you dip shits are just f???up ya its nice with your 100,000 thousand doller a year jobs pensions what do i have a house in forecloser no savings but i worket my ass off fore my country my town my fellow man and wht do i have to show fore it a dam goverment congress fu??? it all up close the border get are troops home start tacking care of are own people and let us all try and accoplish what are forfathers started 200 hundred years ago bring GOD back to the people and this great country as fare as i am thinking congress your all fired by the people for the people get a dam clue congress ant fore america no more its all about greed



  21. Robert L Windham,PhD on July 29, 2011 at 3:31 pm

    No Social Security, Medicare, or Medicare CUTS! Republicans are absolutely INSANE!!



  22. Donald L. Mercer on August 2, 2011 at 2:25 pm

    Obama betrayed U.S.! No guts, no glory! He’s another Carter! People should pledge to never vote for either major party again! A third party is mandatory now! Where is Ross Perot, John Anderson or Jesse Jackson.



  23. cross country man on August 2, 2011 at 2:29 pm

    OK it’s not funny anymore! The only people having a Party are the two bunches of idiots running things in Congress! I want my Country back! I am so disgusted with Obama and all the Dems! They owe all of U.S. an apology for selling out! What a bunch of gutless wonders!



  24. Dorothy on August 8, 2011 at 12:35 am

    If the Republicans and Tea Party want to consider social security and medicare benefits entitlements, then they should also refund every American who has paid social security and medicare out of every paycheck. It is unconstitutional to make cuts on, or abolish, benefits that we have paid into all our lives! Furthermore, there was a surplus in social security that George W. Bush “borrowed”, but never paid back. That’s the reason there’s no money in Social Security, because he depleted it. It’s an outrage that the same Republicans who supported his abuse of surplus social security funds are the same individuals who now want to abolish it! They claim it’s bankrupt. Really? Then pay back the social security money you stole and abused during the Bush administration and it won’t be any longer! I am furious at them. Vote them out in 2012. They are not for the people of this country. They want to hurt the poor and the elderly, but protect the wealthy and big corporations from paying their fair share of taxes.



  25. Constance Watson on December 21, 2012 at 10:38 am

    This congress that they have are DEMONIC, they claim that they have a concern for the people on this earth but all they care about is there selfs.Let me tell you peoples, you better start depending on GOD Goverment instead of mans Goverment because flesh will only let you down.The people put that tea party back in office because yall wanted to control obama but i do not feel sorry for those who put the tea party back in office, the only thing that goverment is showing the people that they don’t give a hillabeans about this country.



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