Redwood MoveOn to support Thompson, Medicare
Members of the Redwood MoveOn Council of Humboldt County will greet Representative Mike Thompson and his supporters at his pasta dinner event on Saturday, May 21, from 4:30 – 5:15 pm at the Arcata Community Center. The Council will demonstrate support for his political decisions on behalf of the American people and remind him of MoveOn’s position on the budget. Medicare must not be cut. The tax cuts for the rich must not continue.
While many families in our community continue to struggle to find work and make ends meet, Republicans are threatening to hold the entire economy hostage in order to cut Medicare and preserve the Bush tax cuts for millionaires and billionaires.
At first, Republicans were up front about their plans to privatize Medicare while doling out tax cuts for the rich. But after facing heated criticism at town halls over their vote on the Republican budget that would gut Medicare, they’re changing their tactics. Now, instead of attacking Medicare head-on, they’re calling for spending caps to disguise their plan to eliminate Medicare. Spending caps would actually trigger massive cuts to Medicare within a few years. These spending caps are nothing more than a Medicare kill switch.
Seniors in our community cannot afford to spend more on health care, nor should we allow Republicans to dismantle a program that provides vital health care services to most Americans over the age of 65. It’s downright irresponsible to leave seniors’ health care to the mercy of private insurance companies.
It is time to tell Representative Representative Mike Thompson, and all the Republicans in Congress, that enough is enough. Programs that protect our parents and grandparents, like Medicare, should not be on the chopping block to pay for tax cuts to the wealthy.