"Raising the retirement age would inflict further hardship among a group of workers who are likely to face health and economic problems in their 60s." –Doug Hart, President, Arizona Alliance for Retired Americans
"Of all the lies and confusion that still surround the Affordable Care Act, perhaps the greatest is that it is bad for seniors." - Dave Meinell, President, Missouri Alliance for Retired Americans
"My father died when I was three. Because of Social Security (survivors) benefits, my Mom, my younger sister and I survived." – Diane Fleming, DC Alliance Member
"We fear that Congress will balance the budget on the backs of the 98 percent, which is working Montanans and retired Montanans. We simply cannot afford these devastating cuts to vital services such as Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid," –John Forkan, President, Montana Alliance for Retired Americans
"Along with national parks and Social Security, Medicare is one of the best ideas we Americans have ever devised." -Tim Cunningham, New Mexico Alliance Member
"Seniors have earned and deserve their Social Security checks, and they shouldn't have to go to Congress every 10 years and beg for the program to be renewed." –James Parent, Alliance for Retired Americans Regional Board Member
"Today's retirees paid Medicare and Social Security taxes in every paycheck we ever earned. Now that we are retired, these programs help us to be able to stay healthy and pay our bills. They are the promise we make to people who worked hard all their lives, and we need to keep that promise for today’s workers." –Tony Fransetta, President, Florida Alliance for Retired Americans
"Today's seniors want to lower the budget deficit. We do not want a large debt to be the legacy we leave to future generations, but we should not punish people who have paid Social Security taxes all their lives." –Jim Moore, President, North Carolina Alliance for Retired Americans
"Social Security should remain what it has been for 77 years – a solid, reliable way that generations of workers have been able to retire with dignity, economic security, and peace of mind." –Barbara J. Easterling, President, Alliance for Retired Americans
"The fight for Social Security and Medicare is part of a larger fight for justice and fairness"—Barbara J. Easterling, President, Alliance for Retired Americans
"The health insurance reform helps not just seniors, but also middle-class families and young Americans, who are just starting to see the benefits. Don’t let Republicans take all that away." –Don Rowen, President Emeritus, Iowa Alliance for Retired Americans
"Honoring the promise of Social Security and Medicare should not be a partisan issue. Honoring the contributions that we make throughout our working years so that we may feed and clothe ourselves, keep a roof over our heads and those of our family, there is no reason for that to be a hotly contested partisan issue." –Edward Coyle, Executive Director, Alliance for Retired Americans
"We need to make sure that people who need Social Security to make ends meet will have it, and not fall victim to ill-informed and unnecessary cuts to these vital programs."
–Barbara J. Easterling, President, Alliance for Retired Americans
On February 8, 2013, the 33 Alliance State Presidents sent a letter to President Obama urging him to remain strong and protect seniors. In their letter, the state Alliance leaders say, “We are concerned, Mr. President, that many in Washington will try to take advantage of the nation’s current fiscal situation and cause permanent damage to the Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid programs. We strongly urge you to resist such efforts.” Letter from Alliance Presidents.
On February 6, 2013, the Alliance sent a letter to every member of the U.S. House urging them to vote against an amendment to the "Require a PLAN Act," H.R. 444. The amendment, offered by Representatives Schrader, Wolf, Cooper and Gibson, supports using the recommendations of the Erskine Bowles and Alan Simpson (“Bowles Simpson”) plan as a basis for achieving the budget requirements called for in H.R. 444: H.R. 444 Amendment Letter
On January 1, 2013, Washington barely avoided the so-called “fiscal cliff,” which would have automatically triggered massive spending cuts and tax increases. Here is what the White House has to say about the significance of the recent budget deal.
The Alliance has maintained that the only budget agreement that would support the middle and working classes is one that:
- Does not cut Medicare, Medicaid, or Social Security benefits and does not shift costs to beneficiaries or the states. Millions of seniors, children, people with disabilities and others depend on these vital programs, and they must not be cut. Voters loudly and clearly spoke up for these programs.
- Asks all Americans to pay their fair share of taxes. The Bush tax cuts for people making more than $250,000 a year must not be extended. We need to grow the economy from the middle out, not the top down.
- Prioritizes job creation first. It’s time to grow—not slow—the economy. Any budget agreement must include investments in good jobs, education and infrastructure improvements.
- Protects the safety net and vital services for low-income people. We should not allow the fiscal burden to be shifted to the poor and working families who have borne a disproportionate share of the nation’s economic pain in recent years.
- Stops the sequester. The scheduled automatic budget cuts threaten our fragile recovery and put huge numbers of people out of work while cutting education, child care, job training and dozens of vital services people and communities need.
For more, check out the full-page advertisement in The Washington Post supported by the Alliance and other organizations dedicated to retirement security!
What you can do: Call Congress to voice your concerns! For guidance and a toll-free phone number, click here.
Many members of Congress have sent a letter to Speaker Boehner informing him they will oppose any cuts to Social Security for present or future beneficiaries. Read the letter here.
Also, be sure to see the Alliance’s fact sheet on some of the proposed deficit reduction plans.
For helpful information on how your state specifically will be affected by the Federal Budget Debate, check out this interactive tool.
To see how the fiscal cliff may affect you personally or your friends and family, look at this infographic breakdown.
Congress may cut benefits while giving tax breaks to the wealthy. Help to stop it here.
"Fiscal cliff" talking points - win the debate with the facts.
Get to know the major players-besides President Obama and Speaker Boehner-in the fiscal cliff negotiations here.
Alliance signs broad coalition letter that urges the inclusion of adequate funding for SSA in the Presidents FY 2014 budget. PDF