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Television ads lauched in three States about Medicare funding


DECEMBER 2011, Allentown/Bethlehem/Easton edition of The Union News

Television ads lauched in three States about Medicare funding


REGION, November 16th- Several labor organizations have recently began airing television advertisements in three states requesting that three Republican legislators should vote to protect Medicare and Medicaid and not support tax breaks for millionaires that don’t create jobs.

The television advertisements began airing on November 16th in media markets in Massachusetts, Alabama, and Nevada.

The three legislators targeted are: Republican Nevada Senator Dean Heller; Republican Massachusetts Senator, Scott Brown; and Republican Alabama House of Representative, Denny Rehberg.

With Medicare and Medicaid potentially on the Washington DC budget cutters chopping block, the new TV ads are hitting the airways in the three states warning Republicans in Congress that seniors will not soon forget a vote to slash their benefits while protecting tax breaks for millionaires and billionaires.

The advertisements are sponsored by the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) Union, the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), and Americans United for Change.

Under consideration is a plan from the Super Committee that mirrors other Republican budget proposals because it “contains virtually no new revenue and deep cuts in Medicare and Medicaid.”

“Once again the 99 percent will be burdened by the actions of a Republican Congress that continues to make decisions that are detrimental to the most vulnerable members of our society. Republicans like Senators Dean Heller, Scott Brown and Denny Rehberg, need a reality check. When corporations, millionaires and billionaires are taking home higher incomes and outrageous bonuses while many Americans are taking home pink slips, everyday Americans need you to stand up for them,” stated Gerald McEntee, President of AFSCME in the TV ad.

Mary Kay Henry, President of the SEIU said any recommendations that cut Medicare and Medicaid would be irresponsible and reckless.

The Republican plan would cut $185 billion from Medicaid and Medicare cuts of $400 billion.

“They say an elephant never forgets but these Republicans in Congress clearly have forgotten seniors and the middle class if they think cutting Medicare and decimating Medicaid is the answer,” stated Tom McMahon, Exective Director of Americans United for Change.

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