Republican party leadership is making moves to privatize and possibly phase out Medicare, putting health insurance for over 55 million people at risk. Will you take a short moment to add your name to Kamela Harris’ petition demanding the Republicans stop trying to privatize Medicare?
WHO NEEDS TO HEAR FROM US:
Our representatives in Congress (and in your state and local governments). They need to know that we won’t stand for this, and neither should they. Sign the petition, then reach out to your other representatives. (http://go.kamalaharris.org/page/m/35b6d1e5/120c776d/56983053/ebb7460/2471207593/VEsF)
If you live in California, you’re represented in Congress by:
- Dianne Feinstein (D): http://www.feinstein.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/
- Barbara Boxer (Retiring Senator) (D): https://www.boxer.senate.gov/
- Kamala Harris (Senator-Elect) (D): http://splash.kamalaharris.org/
- If you live in another state, you can find your Senators in Congress here: (http://www.senate.gov/index.htm)
- You can find your House Representative in Congress here: (http://www.house.gov/representatives/)
WHAT’S THE STORY:
Senator-elect Kamala Harris will be sworn in on January 3rd, but she is already fighting. Harris was elected California's Attorney General in 2010 and re-elected in 2014. She was the first woman, the first African-American, the first Asian-American and the first Indian American attorney general in California. She is a lifelong activist for social justice, and someone we should be listening to and actively working with.
Harris is currently asking for help getting signatures for a petition calling on Republicans to stop trying to privatize Medicare. In 2015, Medicare provided health insurance for over 55 million people, including 46 million people age 65 and older. This is an important social insurance program that millions of Americans need.
From Kamala Harris:
Our nation’s social contract is at a tipping point, and millions of seniors are at risk if we fail to act quickly to defend them. Republican leaders are moving forward with plans to gut Medicare by replacing it with private health insurance vouchers. Doing so would endanger health benefits for more than 55 million Americans who depend on the program. More than eight million are Californians who paid into the system for decades and have earned the right to access Medicare. The only thing stopping the Republicans from privatizing Medicare is all of us, which is why I’m asking: Can you sign our urgent petition today demanding the Republicans abandon their plans to privatize Medicare?
After an election season where many Republican candidates, including President-elect Donald Trump, pledged to protect programs like Medicare, it is disappointing to learn those promises are being abandoned. This year, on the campaign trail, I was telling you the truth when I pledged to protect our social contract. It is wrong to balance the budget on the backs of seniors who are relying on us to protect them. That is why I will oppose every attempt by the Republicans to privatize Medicare or weaken any successful program that millions of people count on every single day. But I cannot do it alone. I need to know you're standing with me in this fight. Add your name to our petition today calling on Republicans to stop trying to privatize Medicare.
We have our work cut out for us in Washington, but I am confident that if we stand together we can fight back and save Medicare in the coming months and years.