Media Advisory For: Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Contact: Linda Benesch, [email protected]

Musician and Activist Jon “Bowzer” Bauman to Hold “Hands Off Medicare” Event in Portland

Bauman will be joined by Alex Lawson, Executive Director of Social Security Works

Washington, DC- Next Wednesday, January 18 at 12:00pm ET Musician and activist Jon “Bowzer” Bauman will join Alex Lawson, Executive Director of Social Security Works and local leaders to send a clear message to Congress: Hands off the American people’s Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security benefits.

No one voted for cuts to these vital benefits. President-elect Donald Trump ran on a promise to protect them. But in a classic case of bait and switch, Congress is now making plans to voucherize Medicare, block grant Medicaid, and massively cut Social Security.

Only three Republican Senators are needed to block these brutal cuts. Speakers at the event will be calling on Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) to provide one of those votes. Bowzer will lead constituents in calling her DC and district offices from the rally. This is one of the first events in a nationwide “Hands off Medicare” tour that Bauman will be holding over the next few months.


  • Jon “Bowzer” Bauman, formerly of Sha Na Na and co-founder of Senior Votes Count
  • Alex Lawson, Executive Director of Social Security Works
  • Vanessa Sylvester, Maine State Nurses Association, HCHR (Healthcare is a Human Right)

What: Jon ‘Bowzer’ Bauman will be leading local Maine residents in calling Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) to pledge to vote NO on any reconciliation bill that includes cuts to Medicare, Medicaid, or Social Security. The purpose of the Hands Off Medicare Tour is to find three Republican Senators to publicly pledge to vote against benefit cuts.

When: Wednesday, January 18th from 12:00pm – 1:00pm

Where: The First Parish at 425 Congress St, Portland, ME 04101

Free Event – Open to the Public

Jon "Bowzer" Bauman will speak in Portland