Retirees and health care advocates will celebrate the 47th anniversary of Medicare this week in events throughout the country.
At town halls across the nation during the current two-week congressional recess Republicans are taking the heat like they may never have taken it before.
The president's budget will be ignored in the GOP-run House, where Budget Committee Chairm Paul Ryan, R-Wis., intends to draft a proposal, which is expected to push killing of Medicare as we know it.
The White House has joined a national chorus of protests against the so-called bi-partisan Ryan-Wyden plan to turn Medicare into a voucher system.
Republicans on the committee favor closing the deficits entirely by cutting spending, including Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security.
Republicans and Democrats inclined to go along with the slashers are reportedly considering adoption of a new formula that would allow progressively larger reductions in Social Security and other benefits.
"The party that aggressively defends Social Security and Medicare will win the next election!"
Apparently, Congressman Akin or one of his staff had requested police presence in order to keep constituents off of the office property.
It was billed as a vigil, but it was clearly a thumpin' rally of 300 people saying "Hands off Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid."
It was 101 degrees in the shade, but that didn't stop 200 white-haired retirees and others from rallying against any cuts to these programs.