Vote in the 2018 Elections
Save Social Security and Establish Universal Single Payer Health Care For All
Retirees for Single Payer Health Care encourage everyone (especially retirees) to Vote in the 2018 Elections. If you are not registered get registered and vote. If you are registered do not stay home, vote.
We are faced with an unprecedented attack on Social Security and Medicare. According to A SUMMARY OF THE 2016 ANNUAL REPORTS by the Social Security and Medicare Boards of Trustees (see report) The Trustees project that the combined trust funds will be depleted in 2034. That will leave all of us with drastic cuts in Social Security and Medicare in the future. In particular, those of us caught in the expansion to 80 million recipients of the next 20 or so years.
Both of these trusts are filled with IOUs from the Treasury Department. When the Treasury receives your “payroll tax” it goes into the general fund. Some of these “payroll taxes” pay for current Social Security and Medicare expenses. The rest get spent on other government programs and the “trusts” are given non-transferable T-Bills. And tax breaks for the class of billionaires and millionaires is a government program.
Cutting “payroll taxes” for business is not the answer. They will not invest in more jobs but rather more productivity and less jobs. Cutting “payroll taxes” for employees simply means spending our retirement income now instead of in retirement.
The solution that we must demand is no tax breaks for billionaires, millionaires and business. We cannot afford them and Social Security and Medicare at the same time.
The problem with Medicare is not just tax breaks, the problem with Medicare is medical insurance companies and healthcare providers and their 20 to 30 percent “profits”. That is why we have 51 million people uninsured and another 50 million people under-insured. For every dollar we pay for premiums 20 to 30 cents does not go for our healthcare. The insurance companies and healthcare providers keep it. And we face not only co-insurance, copays and deductibles, but healthcare professionals (doctors, nurses, etc.) are forced to practice medicine defined by insurance companies and provider stockholders.
Medicare For All (HR 676) does away with this:
Everybody In, Nobody Out Health Care - Gives every resident of the United States and the U.S. Territories access to all medically necessary health care services, including vision and dental as well long term care with no copays or deductibles regardless of employment, income or health status. Private insurance companies may not duplicate coverage under this bill.
Non-Profit Health Care - Converts all healthcare providers to a not-for-profit service where illness is no longer a source of wealth for a few.
Single Payer Health Care – Medicare today is a social insurance program for those 65 or older and the disabled under 65. Medicare for All improves and extends that social insurance program to all of us. This gives us all the collective ability to control the out of control costs of the healthcare industry in this country. Pays for that expanded coverage by maintaining the present level of federal government revenues for Health Care as well as increasing personal income taxes on the top 5 percent income earners, instituting a modest and progressive tax on payroll and self-employment income, on unearned income, and on stock and bond transactions.
To this end, we encourage everyone (especially retirees) to vote for local, state, and federal candidates who will fight against this attack on Social Security and fight for Medicare For All (HR 676).
To aid in this effort we are providing a List of Congressional Representatives who support Medicare For All. Please tell them you support it and want them to run on this as one their prominent issues in 2018. Please tell them you want the Social Security and Medicare money back from the billionaires, millionaires and business that paid for their tax breaks. We are also providing a List of all Congressional Representatives and Senators. Please tell them you want them to support Medicare For All and run on this issue in 2018.
RETIREES FOR SINGLE PAYER HEALTH CARE, DETROIT, MI