Medicare is STILL here …


Happy Birthday, Medicare!

LBJmedicareThe anniversary of what became Title XVIII of the Social Security Act: the Medicare program.

(Today is also the 56th anniversary of Title XIV of the Social Security Act: Medicaid). a repost … sorry, love the old info

Medicare has been expanded, cut, reformed, and changed numerous times since President Johnson signed it into law in 1965. The most recent reforms came under Obamacare, which strengthened the Medicare Trust Fund, reformed payments to providers, cut hundreds of billions of dollars in wasteful subsidies to private insurance companies, and provided seniors with an array of new or improved benefits.

In particular, Obamacare is closing the notorious prescription drug donut hole and in the meantime has saved 6.6 MILLION seniors more than $7 BILLION on their prescriptions. In addition, during just the first six months of this year, more than 16.5 MILLION seniors have taken advantage of preventive care services that are now free thanks to Obamacare.

Unfortunately, Republicans opposed the creation of Medicare 48 years ago and they are doing their best to force draconian cuts to the program today and for decades to come. Just this week, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) proposed shifting billions in costs to seniors and businesses by raising the Medicare eligibility age and House Republicans are planning their 40th dead-end vote to repeal Obamacare.

BOTTOM LINE: Thanks in part to Obamacare, Medicare is still going strong 48 years later. And that’s definitely something worth celebrating.

 

A message from John Lewis … a repost and reminder … Rest In Peace Sir


Decades after I marched in Selma, I’m watching injustice rear its ugly head again.

I didn’t shed blood on the bridge in Selma for my right to vote — just to let this President and Russia’s President poison our elections.

I didn’t get beaten by angry mobs for my right to vote — just so this President could appoint a Supreme Court Justice that would eliminate our rights.

And my dear friends didn’t die in protest of inequality — just to watch this President treat our immigrant brothers and sisters like criminals.

After violence between neo-Nazis and good people in Charlottesville, I witnessed this President place equal blame on both sides. I simply won’t stomach that — If you can’t stomach it either will you donate $5 and join me?

I watched this President rip newborn infants from their mothers’ arms, put them into cages, and leave them separated for weeks on end. I refuse to let his reign of terror continue — If you’re with me, will you donate $5?31

I witnessed this President cower before a foreign adversary and invite further interference in our democratic process. I think our leaders should protect our country from all threats — foreign and domestic — Will you donate $5 if you agree?

This President is an enemy to the democracy I spilled blood to protect.

He must be stopped. And we are the only people who can stop him.

If — and only if — we band together, will we save our democracy. None of us can do it alone. I know better than anyone it takes a movement of people taking a stand.

Democracy depends on us,

Congressman John Lewis

 

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Sinclair Broadcast Group~ Brandi Collins-Dexter, Color Of Change ~ SBG ~ repost and please donate


Pro-Trump media giant Sinclair Broadcast Group wants to bring racist news stories into your living room.

Invest in our movement to stop their TV takeover!

FUND OUR FIGHT

Hi Friends,

I just wanted to make sure you saw this message we sent out last week about our plans to stop the pro-Trump takeover of our local news stations. Almost 750 people have donated to help us keep fighting Sinclair Broadcast Group. Take a look at this email and join them! 

Until justice is real,

–Brandi

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Dear Friends,

“This is extremely dangerous to our democracy”

That was the line about “fake news” dozens of local news anchors were forced to repeat across the country a few weeks ago, in a parrot-like mimic of Trump’s constant attacks on the media. The line was part of a speech scripted by the channels’ ultra-conservative owners, Sinclair Broadcast Group.

To me, what’s “extremely dangerous to our democracy” is the fact that Sinclair Broadcast Group, which already owns local news channels that reach 40% of U.S. households, is about to buy another media company and expand their reach to 72% of our homes. We need your support to stop this from happening. Will you invest $1 in our campaign against Sinclair today?

This is a big fight to take on, but here’s some reasons why I believe we can win:

 

1. We’ve won before

In 2017, after over 2 years of campaigning, we got Bill O’Reilly’s show cancelled from Fox News. O’Reilly had a history of spreading racist narratives and attacking Black people, even insulting Rep. Maxine Waters live on TV.1

But after gathering 340,000 petition signatures, organizing rallies outside his studio, and the sexual harassment allegations that emerged against him, we finally got O’Reilly cancelled for good.2

We can beat Sinclair, just like we beat O’Reilly. Invest $1 today so we can keep funding that battle.

 

2. We’ve got numbers

Almost 30,000 of you have already signed our petition against Sinclair, demanding that local advertisers cut ties with the company.

If every person who signed our petition donated $1, we’d have more than enough resources to keep this fight going to the end. Will you chip in your $1 today?

 

3. We’re making big plans

We’ve got a full-time researcher on the case to dive deep and figure out who Sinclair’s top advertisers are, so we can pressure them into pulling their ads. Local news stations depend on advertising to survive, and if we can get enough advertisers to pull out, it will create huge pressure on Sinclair to drop their big merger.

We’re on the verge of finding Sinclair’s weak spots, but we need money to keep funding our research. Throw in $1 so our researcher can find the information she needs for us to beat Sinclair.

The Sinclair threat goes beyond planting Trump’s words in so many American homes. We also know that Black people are disproportionately impacted when local news gets pushed further to the right. In a report commissioned by Color Of Change, we found that local and national media consistently use anti-Black stereotypes, such as being on welfare or lacking family stability, in their reporting.3

When people hear these anti-Black reports on the “unbiased” news, it reinforces their racism. Worse, it allows politicians to play on those same stereotypes when making policies such as increased policing in Black communities and cuts to safety net programs like Medicare and food stamps.

We have research, numbers and past big wins on our side. We can beat Sinclair’s big merger. But only if we have the funds to do so. If you care about keeping Sinclair’s pro-Trump, anti-Black news out of our living rooms, invest $1 to keep us going today.

Until justice is real,

–Brandi, Arisha, Rashad, Evan, Jade, Johnny, Future, Corina, Chad, Mary, Angela, Saréya, Eesha, Scott and the rest of the Color Of Change team


References:

    1. “Rep. Maxine Waters claps back at Bill O’Reilly after hair insult”, USAToday, 28 March 2017, https://act.colorofchange.org/go/37124?t=11&akid=11059%2E1174326%2EJ39JY-
    2. “Bill O’Reilly is done”, Color Of Change, 21 April 2017, https://act.colorofchange.org/go/37125?t=14&akid=11059%2E1174326%2EJ39JY-
    3. “A Dangerous Distortion of Our Families”, Travis L. Dixon, December 2017, https://act.colorofchange.org/go/33252?t=16&akid=11059%2E1174326%2EJ39JY-