Seniors Knit To Save Medicare


NEW YORK, Aug. 4 (UPI) — Senior citizens held “knit-ins” outside multiple New York state banks to protest potential Medicare cuts by creating “Save Medicare” blankets.

The seniors gathered outside banks Wednesday in New York and Long Island to knit the “Save Medicare” blankets, which the groups said they plan to deliver to Congress in person during the August recess, the New York Daily News reported Thursday.

“Knitting is a peaceful way to get our message across. We want to give the blankets to Congress so they can see how it feels to get something of peace and love and read our message,” said JoAnn Henry, a spokeswoman for the protesters.

Henry said the protest was aimed at encouraging lawmakers to leave Medicare alone when they decide in September how to slash $1.5 trillion in spending under the debt plan. The protesters said they would rather see an increase in tax revenue from banks.

“Banks need to start paying more taxes. They should be sharing the burden of these cuts,” Henry said.

UPI - United Press International, Inc.

Since 1907, United Press International (UPI) has been a leading provider of critical information to media outlets, businesses, governments and researchers worldwide.

Join the Discussion

Comment Policy: We encourage an open discussion with a wide range of viewpoints, even extreme ones, but we will not tolerate racism, profanity or slanderous comments toward the author(s) or comment participants. Make your case passionately, but civilly. Please don't stoop to name calling. We use filters for spam protection. If your comment does not appear, it is likely because it violates the above policy or contains links or language typical of spam. We reserve the right to remove comments at our discretion.