All posts tagged: medicare

News from Congressman Scott Peters

October 24, 2013 Dear Friend, As you know, the Federal Government was partially shut down for 16 days earlier this month, and we came dangerously close to defaulting on our national debt. This irresponsible event took $24 billion out of the economy and hurt families across the country, including in San Diego. In the agreement that ended the shutdown and averted default – an agreement that I supported – the House and Senate will now reconcile their differences on the budget for our country. It is my hope that Congress will use these next few months productively to get our fiscal house in order, replace sequester cuts with more targeted, mission-drive ones, and reduce waste and abuse in the Federal Government, while also funding the necessary investments to keep America competitive into the next century. Scott speaking to San Diegans on a telephone town hall during the shutdown “Seeking Lessons from the Fiscal Crisis” I recently wrote a letter to the editor of The New York Times about an opinion piece that had run calling for a …

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Feb 22 – Ask Scott Peters to Sign the Grayson-Takano Letter

Nearly 20 members of Congress and over 125,000 citizen signers have signed onto the letter from Congressmen Alan Grayson (D-FL) and Mark Takano (D-CA) against cuts to Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security benefits. This Friday in San Diego, the Progressive Change Campaign Committee will be holding a lunchtime delivery of these signatures to Rep. Scott Peters. Can you attend and ask him to sign the Grayson-Takano letter? Click here to see the details and RSVP. Rep. Peters needs to hear from his constituents about the importance of the Grayson-Takano letter — which promises to protect Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security benefits and is supported by 10 leading progressives organizations with over 12 million members. We will invite the media to this event. Rep. Peters has the opportunity to do California proud and join California’s Mark Takano as a national leader on this issue. Help make that happen — RSVP for the delivery to Rep. Peters this Friday in San Diego. Thanks for being a bold progressive. — Amanda Johnson, Karissa Gerhke, Anton Medvedev, and the …

Healthcare – Right or Privilege?

Is healthcare a right or a privilege? The answer varies by country. In most of the world it is a right accorded to all residents as part of their social safety net. However, in the United States it is a privilege accorded to the more fortunate – those who have private health insurance, seniors over 65 who have Medicare and Medicaid for a small percentage of low income individuals. For those not falling into one of those categories they are “on their own.” This generally means neglecting medical conditions in the early stages when they are more easily treatable. It often leads to expensive trips to the emergency room when the condition becomes acute and where only the symptoms can be treated without a provision for follow-on care. Medical bills are the major reason for bankruptcy in the United States. Without health insurance many citizens are forced to pay out of pocket for expensive for-profit medical treatment. This has been exacerbated by the housing crisis. Unscrupulous lenders convinced people to borrow against the equity in …