Medicare advocates will rally to celebrate Medicare’s 46th Birthday, July 30, at 5 pm at the Federal Buidling Plaza.
“Speakers at our rally will explain why Medicare is the solution, not the problem. Medicare should be expanded to cover everybody, not cut as the leaderships of both parties have been proposing in their debt ceiling negotiations. Medicare for All would be the most cost-efficient and fiscally responsible way to control rising health care costs for government as well as businesses and individuals. Cutting Medicare will only worsen federal, state, and local government deficits while reducing health care services for tens of millions of seniors,” said Karen Nezelek, Syracuse coordinator for Health Care-NOW!, a national organization that advocates a single-payer Medicare for All health care system.
In addition to the 5 pm rally, organizers will be leafleting people downtown for the Arts and Crafts Fair, the Jazz and Wine Festival, and the Blue Rain ECOfest and making one-minute videos of people talking about Medicare. The videos will be posted on You Tube as part of Health Care-NOW!’s nationwide celebration of Medicare’s 46th Birthday.
The event is coordinated by the Solidarity Committee of Central New York along with Health Care-NOW!. The Solidarity Committee is a group of labor and social justice activists who came together to organize the March 3 solidarity rally for Wisconsin workers at the former Syracuse China Factory.
The event is endorsed by ANSWER, CNY Alliance of Retired Americans, CNY Labor and Religion Coalition, Disabled in Action of Greater Syracuse, Green Party of Onondaga County, Occupational Health Center, Physicians for a National Health Program–Syracuse, Single Payer-NY, Syracuse NOW, Syracuse Peace Council, SEIU1199, and the Worker’s Center of Central New York.