Marchers Tell Sen. Johnson to Meet with Constituents and Defend Health Care for Elders
Senior citizens are holding a medical march in Milwaukee at Senator Ron Johnson’s office on Wednesday, March 22 at 10:30 am, one day before Congress votes on President Trump’s new plan. The League of Progressive Seniors is coordinating the march. Seniors are bringing two messages to Senator Johnson:
- The first is to vote against the Trumpcare plan designed by Cong. Paul Ryan.
- The second is to schedule a Town Hall meeting by May 1 to hear from his constituents.
According to League member Stephanie Stein, “Older Americans will be the big losers if the American Health Care Act proposed by President Trump passes in the Congress. This bill virtually pushes older people out of the health insurance system. People between 55 and 64 will be priced out of the insurance market unless they are wealthy. Frail elderly and those with disabilities could lose Medicaid funding for long term care. The tax cuts in this plan for corporations and the rich will bring Medicare to bankruptcy by 2024.”
This bill virtually pushes older people out of the health insurance system. This massive transfer of wealth to the wealthiest comes at the expense of people who already face major life challenges.
“Trumpcare is for the young, the wealthy and the healthy,” said Jack Norman, an expert on taxes and public sector services. “The big winners are corporations and the economic elites who will see a $600 billion dollar tax cut over the coming 10 years.”
Etty Wilberding of Whitewater, Wisconsin, says, “My brother Jordon just turned 64 years old. He has a cognitive disability and was recently diagnosed with bladder cancer. If my brother loses his health care coverage, how will he get treatment to stay alive?”
“Senior citizens have worked all their lives, paid taxes and invested in America,” states League member Karen Royster. “Older people have the right to expect decent, affordable medical care now. Repealing the ACA will undermine that security. Trumpcare will put the entire healthcare system into freefall. Senior citizens are fighting back.”
WHEN: Wednesday, March 22 at 10:30 am
WHERE: Senator Ron Johnson’s Office (517 East Wisconsin Avenue)
The League of Progressive Seniors is a network of older people committed to social and economic justice.