The Campaign to Fix Bush’s Part D Disaster

March 15, 2006

Media Advisory for 03.15.06 at 10:30 am
Contact: Brad Woodhouse
Phone: 202-251-5669

U.S. Rep. Ben Cardin (D-MD), Americans United, AFL-CIO, Other Groups and Seniors Hold Event to Respond to President Bush's Effort to Promote His Failed Rx Drug Plan in Silver Spring Tomorrow

Event to Highlight Part D Failures Hours before Bush Appearance Touting Program

Silver Spring, MD - Richard Trumka, Secretary Treasurer of the AFL-CIO, U.S. Rep. Ben Cardin (D-MD), and Medicare recipients and advocates will be among the speakers at a gathering of local citizens and seniors to discuss the failures of Bush's disastrous Part D plan just hours before the President is set to promote the program at a gated community in Silver Spring.

Despite the fact that seniors in Maryland and nationwide are calling Bush's Part D Disaster confusing, costly and corrupt, President Bush is touting his failed plan in Silver Spring on Wednesday at 1:40 in the afternoon. Americans United, the AFL-CIO, Progressive Maryland - an affiliate of USAction, AFGE, Alliance for Retired Americans, Campaign for America's Future, the Maryland & District of Columbia AFL-CIO and the Metropolitan Washington Council AFL-CIO are holding the Wednesday morning event to send a message to the President and his allies in Congress: Part D must be fixed now to put seniors first, not drug and insurance companies.

Part D is a special interest law that puts drug and insurance companies ahead of seniors. It prohibits Medicare from negotiating for the lowest possible drug prices for seniors and denies seniors the choice of a simple, affordable and guaranteed prescription drug benefit directly from Medicare.

Where: Meany Center - Auditorium (Building 8)National Labor College
10000 New Hampshire Ave, Silver Spring, MD

When: Wednesday, 03.15.06 at 10:30am

Who: U.S. Rep. Benjamin Cardin (D-MD) Richard Trumka, Secretary-Treasurer of the National AFL-CIO Medicare recipient Pearl Lewis, Volunteer Director and Founder of the Maryland Patient Advocacy Group, Joe Flynn, retiree and National Vice President for the American Federation of Government Employees Bruce Dunton, President of the Maryland-DC Alliance for Retired Americans

What: Leaders will join local citizens and seniors from the Silver Spring, MD area to voice their critiques of Bush's Part D Disaster and call for Part D to be fixed.

Directions: If you're driving, look for Route 495 (Washington's beltway). Take Exit 28A onto New Hampshire Avenue North. Make a left turn at the third traffic light, Powder Mill Road. There's a Self Serve Exxon gas station on the corner. Parking on campus is free.

Immediately after you turn left onto Powder Mill Road, the road will end in a cul de sac or circle. Look for the driveway in the "12:00 o'clock" position on the circle. The driveway is to the LEFT of a large, white "National Labor College George Meany Campus" sign.

As you enter campus, you will see a construction zone directly ahead of you and to the right. The drive ahead of you will be marked with a "ROAD CLOSED" sign. At this intersection, bear to the left. Just after a row of pine trees, make a right into the guest parking lot.

The event will be in the Auditorium (Building 8).