Supporter Relations Coordinator Sean Ferritor (right) stands
beside the witnesses during a discussion with Senator Joe
Manchin (D-WV) after the hearing concluded.
The National Seniors Council represented its supporters at a Congressional hearing dedicated to the issue of the changing retirement landscape for Baby Boomers. The hearing was held by the Senate Special Committee on Aging. Sadly, more Americans are retiring today with less money coming in and more going out to pay off medical bills, debt and so forth.
The National Seniors Council (NSC) today released the results of its 2013 Medicare survey. This non-scientific survey gauges how important Medicare is for each of NSC's 97,97I supporters and whether they would find it acceptable to cut Medicare for senior citizens.
The responses from National Seniors Council supporters indisputably show that seniors do not want Medicare cut in any, shape, or form" explains NSC Supporter Relations Coordinator Sean Ferritor. "seniors deserve fair treatment, the treatment promised by the U.S- government."
President Barack Obama once again has his sights set on Medicare and slashing health care for senior citizens in order to pay for ObamaCare.
That's why the National Seniors Council has launched a new national grassroots campaign to defend Medicare and prevent the program from being looted by the power-crazed liberals in the White House.
All NSC members will soon be receiving an urgent letter from National Director Robert Crone asking them to sign a "Citizens Declaration in Support of Medicare" and return it to NSC as quickly as possible. These declarations will be used to persuade Congress to stand up to the Administration and protect Medicare.
"Because of the soaring budget deficits he is running up, Obama doesn't have the money to pay for his radical health care scam," Crone says. "So he is searching for ways to fund this health care power grab, and he has decided that cutting Medicare will get him the money to do it. The President wants to slash Medicare so fewer and fewer doctors will be able to afford to care for Medicare patients," explains Crone. "That means that if you are on Medicare, you may no longer be able to see your regular doctor. Instead you may have to go to some doctor you don't even know. And that doctor is sure to be less experienced than your current doctor. This is all part of the President's grand vision for 'cutting costs' and we must fight it."
NSC's legislative team helped craft this campaign specifically to put political heat on the "middle-of-the-road" Congressmen and Senators. "These unprincipled politicians in Congress change their position based on which way the wind is blowing. I am identifying those politicians, so I can make sure they oppose any cuts to Medicare," Crone writes in the letter. "Your declaration, along with the thousands of others I am collecting, will show these politicians how many people are firmly against cutting Medicare. This will turn up the heat and pressure them into voting the right way."
Every single NSC member must sign and return their declarations as quickly as possible, Crone warns, because ObamaCare is such a financial disaster. "If we don't take a stand now, Obama is going to loot Medicare to pay for this insane law and seniors are going to be severely hurt," he explains. "I can't stress enough how important this campaign is." Any NSC member who does not receive their letter and declaration or who wants more information about how Medicare cuts could affect them should contact NSC's Washington, DC, office at (571) 425-4153.
Grassroots lobbying led by the National Seniors Council helped pass Congressman Tom Price's Keep the IRS Off My Healthcare Act (H.R. 2009) through the House of Representatives before Congress left on its summer recess. The bill strips the IRS of the power to enforce ObamaCare and was introduced in the wake of the IRS scandal involving conservative and Tea Party groups.
The bill passed 232 to 185 thanks in no small part to massive public pressure to rein in the tax enforcement agency. "Leading up to the vote we were in direct communication with Congressman Price's Office and worked directly with the House Ways and Means Committee on this bill," reports NSC's National Director Robert Crone. "Ellen Carmichael from Congressman Tom Price's Office and Sarah Making from the conservative Republican Study Committee were especially helpful and positive during this whole battle. We are very thankful that this measure passed. Liberal Democrats fought us very hard but at least for now, grassroots Americans won the day."
Under ObamaCare, the IRS is responsible for policing compliance with the law's complicated insurance regulations and penalties. Once it became public that IRS agents were using their power to target conservative grassroots groups for harassment, Congressman Price as well as NSC's legislative team realized something had to be done to rein in the rogue agency.
"Our members realized quickly that if the IRS could target conservatives though the non-profit application process, then these crusading left-wing bureaucrats could do the same thing to individuals through ObamaCare. And that is terrifying," Crone explains.
Congressman Price pushed hard for his legislation but faced very stiff opposition from the White House and fanatical pro-Obama-Care politicians. "The very fact that 185 politicians actually voted to protect the IRS and allow its agents to police health care, especially in light of these scandals, is sad," Crone says. "But that's what we are up against. These people are fanatics. They are determined to seize control of healthcare and use that power to punish anyone who they perceive to be their enemies. It's going to take a lot more grassroots effort to beat them in the Senate to pass this measure."
Crone promises that NSC will continue to work hard and mobilize its members to pass the Keep the IRS Off My Healthcare Act in the Senate. "Our mission will be to keep seniors energized and help lobby the Senators on this issue," he says. "That's the only way we'll rein in the IRS and save our healthcare freedom and privacy."