Watch Videos Below — Healthcare Workers Call On Billionaire Governor Bruce Rauner to Speak Out Against Trump’s Tax Bill, and Urge Illinois’ Republican Delegation, Such as Congressman Peter Roskam, to Oppose the Legislation
(December 6th, 2017, Chicago, IL) – President Donald Trump’s irresponsible tax “scam” is speeding through Congress. If enacted, Illinois families will lose their healthcare and graduate students would be forced to drop out of college in order to give huge tax cuts to the rich.
The GOP tax plan will cause as much as a $1.8 billion cut to healthcare services – including hospital visits and nursing home care funded through Medicaid – as well as jeopardize the education of over 170,000 graduate students.
While Illinois families experience deep cuts under the bill, the wealthy will receive enormous tax breaks – including a $300 million cut for Governor Rauner who endorsed the plan days ago. Rep. Peter Roskam voted for a version of the GOP tax plan that passed in November and has been appointed to the conference committee that will work out the details of the final bill.
Nursing home worker Lashawnda Dixon dared Rauner and Roskam to explain their support of GOP tax scam at a town hall. Dion knew they couldn’t because the plan robs college education and healthcare from their constituents.
Lashanda Dixon, Alden Lincoln Park Nursing Home (read full text).
Kim Smith, a patient care tech at Northwestern Memorial Hospital talked about how GOP tax scam steals from her patients on Medicaid while giving $300 million in tax breaks to Governor Rauner. “This ain’t nothing but a robbery,” she said.
Kim Smith, a Patient Care Tech at Northwestern Memorial Hospital
Graduate students at Loyola joined with healthcare and nursing home leaders to let Congressman Peter Roskam, Governor Rauner and the GOP know that they are paying attention. Jean Clifford, a PhD candidate in philosophy, described how the latest attacks on higher education increases the need for a union for graduate students.
On Tuesday, Clifford marched on Capitol Hill with grad students from all over the United States. In describing the action, she said that” [w]e showed up at Speaker Ryan’s office and refused to leave until we spoke with him. Because he would not speak with us, the Capitol Police arrested us.
Our message to GOP is simple: don’t fund tax cuts to corporations on the backs of students and workers.”
She was joined by Alec Stubbs, a fellow PhD candidate in philosophy. This tax bill is a major issue on the Loyola campus. Stubbs shared that the graduate student union held a rally on Monday where over 50 students, faculty and community members came together to demand that there be more transparency around this bill. He stated that
“this bill demonstrates how vulnerable higher education is and that the GOP is not going to listen to us unless we demand it.”
Graduate students & healthcare workers stood together today to oppose the #GOPTaxScam. They demanded that @PeterRoskam & @GovRauner put our education and healthcare before tax breaks for billionaires. #twill pic.twitter.com/EuQC2eppSd
— SEIU HCIIMK (@SEIUhciimk) December 6, 2017