Rep. Mark Pocan Joins Seniors, Children and Advocates in Janesville Rally Against GOP/Ryan Budget

JANESVILLE, WI – Concerned citizens in Wisconsin will rally with U.S. Rep. Mark Pocan (WI-2), Ryan’s Congressional neighbor who represents part of Janesville, the National Committee to Preserve Social Security & Medicare (NCPSSM), Every Child Matters (ECM), the Children’s Leadership Council (CLC), AFSCME and the Alliance for Retired Americans (ARA) to present a united front against the GOP/Ryan Budget. The proposal seeks to privatize Medicare and diminish safety net programs for seniors and children – many of which have already been impacted by the across-the-board cuts initiated under sequestration.

During the event, petitions opposing the proposed cuts and signed by thousands of Wisconsin citizens will be presented to Rep Pocan. Following the rally, petitions will be delivered Rep. Ryan’s office.

 WHO:        U.S. Representative Mark Pocan (WI-2) Member of House Budget Committe

                  Max Richtman, President and CEO of the National Committee to Preserve Social Security & Medicare

                  Michael Petit, President of Every Child Matters      

                  Wisconsin grandparents and grandchildren

                  Wisconsin-based advocates

WHAT:      Public Rally against the GOP/Ryan Budget including petition delivery         

WHEN:     Thursday April 4, 2013 10:00am 

WHERE:  Blackhawk Technical College

                 6004 S. County Road G, Triangle Room

                 Janesville, WI

BACKGROUND:

The GOP/Ryan budget preserves tax breaks for the wealthy and for large corporations and targets programs such as Medicare, social security and much needed children’s programs and services.

In Wisconsin, the impact would be devastating, turning Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program into a block grant, cutting federal funding for the federal-state Medicaid program by 31 percent by 2023, leading to $160 billion in cuts to children’s health services. The Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) would merge into its new Medicaid block grant and be cut. The 318,000 Wisconsin children who receive government health care, and 64,000 who are uninsured, would all be greatly impacted. In addition, the budget would restrict CHIP and Medicaid eligibility, ration the care children receive, and lower payments to providers – all of which would make it harder for children to get the care they need. Children would also suffer from additional cuts to education programs such as Head Start, which is already losing funding for 900 Wisconsin children due to cuts caused by the sequester.

The GOP/Ryan Budget goes after seniors, raising the Medicare eligibility age to 67, and replacing Medicare’s guaranteed healthcare benefits with a voucher system that shifts health care costs to seniors. The budget will also take additional funds away from nutrition assistance programs such as Meals on Wheels. In Wisconsin, these cuts will have a devastating effect, particularly with these much needed programs already seeing approximately $653,000 in funds cut by the sequester.