Aliza Levine, council organizer for the North Shore Labor Council, AFL-CIO, sends us this.
Immediately after the U.S. Supreme Court announced its decision to uphold the Affordable Care Act, more than 50 union members and community allies rallied outside of Greater Lynn Senior Services in Massachusetts to celebrate the decision. The crowd, which included members of the North Shore Labor Council, AFL-CIO, and Massachusetts Senior Action Council, noted that although the Supreme Court upheld the health care decision, the very services it protects are at risk if the budget proposed by Republican Rep. Paul Ryan (Wis.) passed.
Republican Richard Tisei, who's running against Rep. John Tierney (D-Mass.), has previously described the Ryan budget as a "step in the right direction" and has accepted the maximum contribution of $2,500 from Paul Ryan's Super PAC. The crowd called on Tisei to now tell us his stance on the Ryan budget. As Leslie Greenberg, of the Lynn Health Task Force, told the crowd:
Tisei supports all these changes for Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security. Shame on you Richard Tisei for accepting that money!
Referring to the Ryan budget cuts to Medicare and Medicaid, Barbara Mann, president of Mass Senior Action’s North Shore chapter, said,
If the Ryan budget passes, if any of it gets through Congress, there will be no help for generations to come. What will our children and our grandchildren have left? These aren't entitlements that the Republicans are trying to take away, they're earned benefits.
Rose-Ellen McGarvey, also of Mass Senior Action, added:
Paul Ryan and the Republicans want to dismantle our safety net. Are we going to let them use Medicare and Medicaid as their own personal piggy bank?
Members of SEIU 1199, who work at Lynn Community Health Center, pointed out that not only would the Ryan budget affect the many families and seniors who depend on MassHealth and Medicare Part B, it would put hundreds of Lynn residents out of work—including personal care attendants and health center workers like themselves.
Jeff Crosby, president of the North Shore Labor Council, called on Tisei to return the $2,500 check from Paul Ryan.
If Mr. Tisei truly supports good jobs for Lynn and fair services, he will return the $2,500. Whose payroll will you be on, Mr. Tisei, the payroll of hardworking American families or on the dole of the elite right-wing Washington Republicans?