Celebrate Medicare’s 45th Anniversary – July 30th and 31st!

July 25, 2010

Single Payer Activists: Let’s Celebrate Medicare’s 45th And Urge Legislators to “Go All The Way” With Expanded and Improved Medicare for All

Join in celebrating 45 Years of Medicare – and call for Medicare for All.

Groups across New York State – and the Country – are organizing events this Friday and Saturday to celebrate the 45th anniversary of Medicare – and to continue to push for a single payer, improved and expanded Medicare for All program. Events are planned for NYC, Albany, Rochester, Ithaca, Syracuse, and New Paltz. For the latest info see www.healthcare-now.org.
Groups are also telling Congress to keep their hands off of Medicare. Congress has created a Deficit Commission –  similar to the base closing commission – that will report back to Congress after the November election but before the new Congress takes office, to recommend how to close  the huge federal budget deficit. Of course, it won’t address the biggest problem  – the massive military budget. Instead it will go after entitlement programs for seniors such as Medicare  and Social Security.

So part of the message this weekend is “hands off our Medicare”. It is expected that the Commission will propose to raise the retirement age for Social Security and to cut benefits.

If you don’t see an event in your community, organize your own. Hold a news conference. Have a cake outside of a federal building and hand out slices. Leaflet.

Nationally, Rededicating themselves to the fight for single-payer health care, the League of Women Voters US (LWVUS) passed a resolution with a wide majority at their national convention “to advocate strongly for bills that legislate for improved Medicare for all.”

All events on Friday July 30th:

Medicare Birthday Celebration in  Albany

Where: O’Brien Federal Bldg at Clinton and Pearl in Albany
When:  Noon
Rep Tonko’s office is hosting.
Contact: Richard Propp, MD at  vpropp@verizon.net

Friday, July 30th 2010 – Ithaca, NY

Medicare’s 45th Anniversary Rally
Join Us As We Celebrate the 45th  Anniversary of the Historic Passage of Medicare.
When: Friday, July 30th,  Noon -1:30 pm
Where: DeWitt Park
For more information contact Rebecca  Elgie at healthylink@earthlink.net.
Sponsored by Single Payer New York,  Co-sponsors Religious Taskforce for a Living Wage, UU Social Justice Committee.  League of Women Voters – TC.

Celebrate Medicare’s 45th Rochester

Where: Federal Building Plaza, 100 State St, Rochester, NY
When:  Friday, July 30, noon-1:00 pm
Who: Local and state wide single payer  coalition members of Rochester for HR 676 and Single Payer New York will  participate in the rally. Member organizations include the Interfaith Health  Care Coalition, Finger Lakes
Physicians for a National Health Program,  Progressive Democrats of America Genesee Valley, and Metro Justice.

New York City

Time for another big action in New York City! Please join Healthcare-NOW!’s brand new NYC chapter in celebrating Medicare’s 45th  birthday.

Help us send a message to Congress and voters: get  the Deficit  Commission off our Medicare! And we want it expanded to  everyone, in fact.

Who: Healthcare-NOW! NYC (launching action  of the New York City chapter of Healthcare-NOW!  National)

What: flash mob doing  choreographed dance number to  celebrate Medicare’s 45th  birthday

When: Friday, July 30th,  12:30pm, meet up at W.41st St and 6th Ave in midtown Manhattan (Bryant Park area)

Dance rehearsal is this Wednesday, 7/28, 6:30 pm in Greenwich Village: 55 Bethune St. apt 1108 (corner of Bethune and Washington. Bethune is one block south of W.12th St; Washington is one block East of the West Side Highway. This is at the Westbeth building, entrance around the corner from the Brecht Forum.) RSVP to bagarson<at>yahoo.com Before coming to rehearsal, it’d be helpful for you to check out the dance moves and start practicing: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tgrBHJv3Wio

RSVP to Jean Fox at jeanmaryfox@yahoo.com,  917-280-7279. (Come anyway even if  you don’t
manage to RSVP.)

This action will be joined by friends  from: The  Granny Peace Brigade, The Private Health Insurance Must Go! Coalition,  The  Green Party , Physicians for a National  Health Program, Mobilization for Health Care for All, Single Payer New York, The Church Ladies

Syracuse, NY

When: July 30th from 12 Noon – 1 PM
Where: Hanley Federal Building (100 S. Clinton St. Syracuse, 13212)
Action: Request Congressman Maffei sign a Pledge to protect our safety net entitlements-Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security. Speakers include Howie Hawkins, Green Party Gubernatorial candidate.

Anyone willing to help out or for information, contact Karen at knezele@twcny.rr.com.

New Paltz, NY

Saturday, July 31st
11:30 am to 12:30 pm
In front of the Elting Library, Main Street
New Paltz, NY


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