Can a mother’s silence be bought? We don’t think so, but apparently most members of the House of Representatives disagree.
In April, a majority in the House voted to cut Medicare for future generations. They assumed that parents and grandparents are selfish and don’t care if their children and grandchildren have decent health coverage when they’re older. But we know that's not true. This Mother’s Day, let’s send the message that mothers and grandmothers won’t be pitted against their children and grandchildren. After standing up to Glenn Beck’s scapegoating, Jewish Funds for Justice is now focused on protecting a solution that has been working since 1965 – Medicare. Since its inception, Medicare has helped cut poverty among seniors by almost two-thirds. Now its future is under threat.
The 2012 House budget divides families – people over 55 get Medicare while people under 55 will get a privatized voucher program that will double the amount tomorrow’s seniors have to pay in insurance costs. This will send many of tomorrow’s seniors back into poverty. While Medicare cuts were temporarily taken off the table this week, that’s merely a reprieve in the plan to destroy a bedrock entitlement program that’s worked for almost half a century. And even now members of Congress are looking for back door ways of enacting Medicare cuts.
Stand up to this attempt to divide families When you celebrate Mother’s Day this weekend, talk with your family about the cuts that could take Medicare away from the next generation. Post a picture on this Facebook page of mothers and grandmothers in support of Medicare for their kids and grandkids, and then send the picture to your Congressional representatives.
Wishing you a happy and healthy Mother’s Day!