January 28, 2010

January 28, 2010
Future of Social Security and Medicare

Welcome to another day in my life. Today is Thursday and we have made it past the middle of another week. I hope you are having a safe and great week so far.

I am starting to get ready for my next trip to Jacksonville where I will be packing up the old place, cleaning and then putting most of my stuff into storage. I am actually dreading the trip for it will be ending one stage of my life as I begin another. I will be saying "until we meet again" to many close friends who I think the world of and I am not very good at doing that. It tends to be very emotional for me.

But there is another issue that has me very emotional and it is dealing with Social Security and Medicare. Yesterday, I wrote about the potential problems with Medicaid in Florida. But there are even bigger problems looming now.

If you and I do not act now then the future of Social Security and Medicare could be decided for us without a public debate.

As soon as today your senators will decide whether to give a special commission the power to propose drastic cuts to the programs that millions of seniors depend on: Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security.

The proposals could be voted on immediately, without full transparency and accountability and without our voices being heard. We can not let that happen.

Call your elected officials to say "no" to fast track proposals on Medicare and Social Security by voting against the Conrad-Gregg amendment.

Make no mistake that most Americans are deeply concerned about increasing debt, health care costs and the long term solvency of Social Security.

But as some of the most fundamental challenges we face as a nation, surely these issues deserve full and open debate by all members of Congress.

You elected your members of Congress to make the tough decisions, not to punt them to a special "commission."

Tell your senators to vote "NO" on the Conrad-Gregg amendment.

Thank you for your help on this urgent matter. You will be making the difference for not only people with HIV and AIDS who need help from Social Security and Medicare but all senior citizens.

Until we meet again; here's wishing you health, hope and happiness.

big bear hug,

Daddy Dab