Healthcare and Economic Justice
The Healthcare and Economic Justice Committee works to protect crucial programs and services for seniors and their larger community that help them live with dignity and economic stability.
The Healthcare and Economic Justice Committee has ratified their campaign plan for the year:
Governor Rauner is using seniors, families, children, and workers as political pawns to push through his own personal agenda at the expense of passing a state budget. The answer is progressive revenue: a graduated income tax, closing corporate tax loopholes, passing the LaSalle St. Tax, and stopping on-time payments to banks instead of to critical state services. There is adequate revenue available through taxing corporations the 1%. JASC leaders will focus on pushing a vote on Fair Tax through the General Assembly, and then doing robust voter education to ensure that the people of Illinois vote their values to pass a Fair Tax.
SOCIAL SECURITY AND MEDICARE
JASC leaders uphold a Proactive Retirement Security Platform to prevent any cuts to these critical earned-benefits programs. We demand that our legislators change the annual cost of living adjustment (COLA) so that it reflects how seniors spend their money (CPI-E), that they scrap the cap so that all people pay equally into Social Security and the burden is not placed on people who earn less that $118,500 a year, that they raise the minimum monthly payment so that no senior or person with a disability lives in poverty, that a Caregiver Credit is enacted to protect those who take time off work to care for a loved one, and that survivor benefits are given until age 24 so young people can earn a college degree while receive Social Security support.
FIGHT FOR $15
In 2014, the work of HCEJ leaders was crucial in passing the $13 increase to Chicago's minimum wage. Check out our work on the $13 minimum wage ordinance in Chicago and why seniors care about minimum wage. Our work for $15 and the right to organize a union continues.
Historically, the committee has also worked on nursing home reform and community care programs through grassroots advocacy efforts.
JASC hosted the largest Moral Mondays Illinois protest yet of 2015 on August 24. Our demands that Governor Bruce Rauner stop holding senior programs hostage to get his anti-worker and non-budgetary agenda got his attention. We will have another Moral Mondays Illinois action on November 2, 2015 at 10:30am at the Thompson Center.
JASC committee members went to Springfield on January 27th, the day of the Governor's State of the State address, to give the State of OUR State. Over 500 people from across the state chanted "Budget First" as the Governor began his speech that contradicted the actual state of Illinois as felt by thousands in pain because of cuts. Check out our press coverage from Crain's Chicago Business, Fox 2 News, and Progress Illinois.
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