On October, 18 the MLKing County Council voted 6-1 in favor of a Motion by CM Larry Gossett that King County supports expansion of Social Security and Medicare.
The Motion supports Scrapping the Cap to raise revenue to fund expansion of Social Security and raising the payroll tax for Medicare from 1.45% to 2% to fund expanding Medicare to include dental, vision and hearing services. It also supports opening Medicare to people younger than 65. The Motion will be forwarded to our Congressional delegation.
Let’s Build on this resolution!
Please contact Reps. DelBene, Larsen, Heck & Kilmer (particularly if you are a constituent) by either phone or email. Request that they sign as co-sponsors of H.R. 5952, The Strengthening Social Security Act of 2016.
H.R.5952 scraps the cap and uses the additional revenue not only to assure the payment of full benefits for the next 50 years, but to actually raise benefits, particularly for lower income earners. It also requires the use of the Consumer Price Index for the Elderly(CPI-E) for determining annual cost of living increases. Finally, it makes a significant change in what is called the spousal penalty. Now the surviving spouse is forced to make a choice between their Social Security benefit or their deceased spouses benefit. H.R. 5952 allows the surviving spouse to take the higher benefit and add it to 50% of their lesser benefit.
Reps. McDermott & Smith have signed as original co-sponsors. We want all the Washington Democratic representatives to become co-sponsors, setting the stage for 2017.
At NOON on October 18 PSARA and others let ZoomCare, which refuses to accept Medicare, Medicaid, and
Tricare, know that their profit-driven health care hurts our communities. In Seattle, advocates from PSARA, Seattle Labor Chorus, UFCW 21, Washington CAN!, Physicians for a National Health Program, Western Wa., and others will be at the University District clinic at 4540 University Way NE.
It was very lively both here in Seattle and in Portland. There were great songs, chants, signs, and speeches. Video of the Seattle Action here.
Election Day is November 8.
Read PSARA’s position on state and local ballot initiatives in the October Advocate
or read the Oct. 11 press release here: PSARA Oct. 11 Press – 2016 ballot initiatives.
SAVE THE DATE: Tuesday, November 29, from 1 – 3 p.m.
The PSARA Legislative Conference will
be held at the offices of UFCW 21, 5030 First Avenue South, Seattle 98134. There will be exciting speakers,
analysis of the election outcome, and the opportunity to discuss the PSARA Legislative Agenda for 2017. More information to come in the November Advocate
PSARA led the effort of many organizations and individuals who gathered at the Seattle City Council meeting on Monday, June 13, and provided public comment in support of the resolution to expand Social Security and Medicare. The resolution that was sponsored by Councilmember Lorena Gonzalez was passed unanimously by the council! The advocates and supporters gathered with CM Gonzalez after the vote to celebrate the successful effort. We look forward to bringing the resolution to the Martin Luther King County Council next.
There was a very large turn out at PSARA’s general membership meeting at the Greenwood Community Senior Center. The membership heard and participated in a spirited debate on I-732, the Carbon WA initiative. The membership also voted to elect Jessica Bonebright as our Membership VP, and elected Phyllis Gutierrez Kenney and Mauricio Ayon to the PSARA Executive Board. They also voted to call for the reinstatement of the Assault Weapon ban and to inform our congressional delegation of that decision. The meeting began with a moment of silence to remember the victims of the Orlando massacre and to express our solidarity with the LGBTQ community. The food was also excellent!
Tuesday, April 19 PSARA members and members of several other organizations protested at Zoomcare’s newest Seattle-area clinic in Ballard.
ZoomCare, a new Oregon for-profit clinic network, plans to expand to 16 clinics in King County. They refuse to accept Medicare and Medicaid patients. Their business model is to serve younger and healthier people, putting more pressure on other providers. The next picket will be at the Fremont clinic on Monday, July 11. Join us!
More than 40 PSARA leaders and leaders from other community organizations met with Nora Super, the Executive Director of the White House Conference on Aging and Elisa Walker, Special Assistant to the Social Security Administration’s Deputy Commissioner for Retirement & Disability Policy. We discussed with these high ranking officials the need to expand Social Security and Medicare benefits and the necessity that the Social Security field office be moved out of the Jackson Federal Building to eliminate the access barriers that presently exist
Civic Engagement: It’s Our Middle Name
We’ve been through wars and depressions, presidents decent and lousy, political defeats and victories. We love our country, and we believe the best way to show it is to raise hell about its shortcomings.
Our operating principle was expressed by a wise rabbi nearly two millennia ago: “You are not required to finish the work, but neither are you at liberty to abstain from it.”
We are Puget Sound Advocates for Retirement Action. Civic engagement is our birthright and our middle name. If it’s yours as well, come join us. We need you.