Medicare’s 45th Anniversary – Regional Celebrations

August 2, 2010

Medicare Birthday Photos
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New Paltz: Street Rally (photos courtesy of Lin Sakai):


Rochester: “Defenders rally in support of Medicare, Social Security”

“Bending on one knee with a knife in her hand, Betsy Frarey sliced large chunks of a white-icing cake to celebrate the 45th birthday of the Medicare program. She hopes Congress doesn’t make the same huge cuts to the health care program during their budget sessions.” Full article here:

Ithaca: (photo courtesy of Rebecca Elgie)

About 25 health reform activists and seniors gathered in a park in downtown
Ithaca to celebrate the 45th Anniversary of Medicare. They were joined by
Congressman Hinchey’s aide, Dan Lamb, Green candidate for US Senate,
Cecile Lawrence and candidate for State senate, Pam Mackesey,
all Single Payer supporters. Dan said that Hinchey has a policy of not signing
pledges but that he will work to preserve Social Security and Medicare and that
he does continue to support Medicare for All but he is also supporting the Patient
Affordability Act. We are trying to get a written statement from him. Many
Seniors spoke about the importance of Medicare for them and the importance
of expanding and improving it to cover everyone with comprehensive health
care. It was a pleasant day in the park and cake and lemonade was enjoyed
by all. The event was videotaped and will be aired on public access locally.


One Response to “Medicare’s 45th Anniversary – Regional Celebrations”

  1. linsakai on August 1st, 2010 3:55 pm

    Posted by Doug Bullock:

    We had a wonderful Happy Birthday Medicare rally at the Leo O’Brien Federal blg. in Albany on Friday with over 50 people shouting chants: What do we want–IMPROVED MEDICARE FOR ALL , and Healthcare not Warfare, and Healthcare YES –Insurance corps NO. There was hardly any coverage by the local corporate media but the Times Union had a good picture the next day.