Monday, December 10, 2012

Tell Sen. Nelson Don't Give In With Medicare Cuts

President Obama and Democrats in the Senate are standing firm on their commitment to end the Bush Tax Cuts for the wealthiest 2%. But they're all over the place when it comes to protecting Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security—and that's unacceptable. 
It's unacceptable to MoveOn members like Catherine W. in North Carolina who wrote in with this personal story: 
"I had taught elementary school for 25 years when the brain tumor was discovered. My craniotomy left me disabled. I shudder to think what would have become of me and my family had it not been for Social Security Disability and Medicare. Please do not cut the programs that have given me back life." 
Some Senators, like Bernie Sanders and Tom Harkin, are on the record as standing strong.1 But others, like Senator Bill Nelson, have yet to publicly commit to do right by Catherine and the majority of Americans who voted last month to protect our social safety net. So we're joining with progressive allies to get every single Senate Democrat on the record, and we'll make that information accessible to MoveOn members, the media, bloggers, and the public so that we can hold each Senator accountable. 
Can you help get Sen. Nelson on the record by calling now and asking him:
"Do you commit to oppose any benefit cuts to Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid?"
Here's where to call: 
Senator Bill Nelson
Phone: (202) 224-5274
Then, please report your call by clicking here:
When you call, you'll be gathering important information on where Senate Democrats stand, and we'll use that knowledge to prepare a public scorecard of who's a champion for working families, who's wavering, and who's just plain weak-kneed. Then we'll focus our grassroots pressure on wavering Senators to build a bulwark in the Senate against any demands to cut benefits.
You'll be adding your voice to those of thousands of other MoveOn members making calls and rallying at Senators' and Representatives' offices today. Too many Democrats have been skirting the issue for too long, and it's time we get them on the record. 
Can you call your Senator now and ask him to commit to oppose any cuts to Social Security, Medicare, or Medicaid benefits?
Here's the info to make your call: 
Senator Bill Nelson
Phone: (202) 224-5274
Then, please report your call by clicking here:
Thanks for all you do.
–Ilya, Stefanie, Milan, Victoria, and the rest of the team 
Sources:
1. "Senate liberals to Obama: 'Don't buckle' on cliff," Politico, November 14, 2012, http://www.politico.com/news/stories/1112/83890.html 


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