"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
House Prepares for July 11 Vote to Repeal New Medicare Benefits for Seniors
July 06, 2012
U.S. House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) is preparing for a July 11 vote to repeal the entire Affordable Care Act, including new Medicare benefits that are helping millions of seniors better afford to see a doctor and fill a prescription. “If the court does not strike down the entire law, the House will move to repeal what’s left of it,” Boehner vowed on the day before the Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality of the law. Appearing on Fox News over the weekend, U.S. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) said that providing health coverage to the 30 million Americans who would obtain it under the law is “not the issue,” and instead advocated replacing the law with a more incremental approach. “Before the July 11 repeal vote, retirees need to urge their Representative to stand up for the needs of area seniors,” said Alliance Executive Director Edward J. Coyle.
Alliance Members Take to the Streets, Airwaves to Celebrate Supreme Court Ruling
In the hours after the U.S. Supreme Court upheld health insurance reform, Alliance members across the country celebrated the ruling and vowed to protect the law’s new Medicare benefits. In Connecticut, Florida, Missouri, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, Washington, and Wisconsin, Alliance members rallied in support of health reform and participated in local media interviews. Many activists with the Alliance were quoted and photographed in media accounts of the court ruling. Also, Alliance President Barbara J. Easterling and Executive Director Edward J. Coyle each conducted radio interviews to comment on how the new law helps seniors and how imperative the November elections are to protect this progress. “Thanks to all the Alliance members who braved the heat to put a local angle on how health reform is good for seniors,” said Alliance Secretary-Treasurer Ruben Burks. More here: http://bit.ly/O9BG61.
“Let’s Not Be the Last Generation to Retire” Campaign Gets Started
The Alliance’s new campaign, “Let’s Not Be the Last Generation to Retire” kicks off next week with events and actions. Check out a new video providing context for the upcoming grassroots actions this summer here: http://bit.ly/MM1r0g. With the anniversaries of Medicare and Medicaid (July 30) and Social Security (August 14), Alliance members across the country will hold rallies and grassroots events to meet with their elected officials to discuss the needs of current and future retirees. Stay tuned to the website www.retiredamericans.org and Facebook facebook.com/retiredamericans for more information on events near you. Get ready by watching this video http://bit.ly/MM1r0g and share it with others.
New Alliance Fact Sheet: Looming Threats to Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid
Unless Congress acts before the end of the year, automatic cuts in federal spending are scheduled to occur in January 2013 via a process known as “sequestration.” Both Social Security and Medicaid are protected from these automatic cuts, while Medicare fees to providers can be cut by two percent. Medicare recipients’ benefits would not be cut by sequestration. Some in Congress are working to stop the cuts by passing an alternative deficit reduction plan. While it is currently unclear what this plan will look like, lawmakers have begun to suggest proposals that would cut Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid, while giving tax breaks to the wealthiest. A new Alliance fact sheet provides an overview of possible congressional actions. Please read this fact sheet http://bit.ly/M7vtad and share it with others.
Ron Paul Says Social Security Unconstitutional, But Collects it Each Month
2012 presidential candidate Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) has long been an outspoken critic of Social Security, saying it is “on its last legs” and unconstitutional. But according to a recent report in the Los Angeles Times, the 76 year-old Paul collects Social Security each month. When asked on MSNBC if this ran counter to his views, Paul disagreed, saying that one can simultaneously use a system they want to eliminate. Paul is estimated to control approximately 200 delegates at his party’s convention next month in Tampa.
New Report Notes Romney’s Foreign Tax Havens
A new report in Vanity Fair magazine notes that presidential candidate Mitt Romney has financial interests in at least 12 investment funds – worth as much $30 million – that are based in the Cayman Islands to skirt U.S. tax laws. Earlier media reports noted that a $3 million Swiss bank account was closed shortly before Romney launched his presidential campaign. Contrasting this with Romney's plans to cut Social Security benefits and raise the retirement age, Alliance President Barbara J. Easterling said, “Social Security is how retirees get by if they don't have Cayman or Swiss bank accounts.” An Alliance calculation earlier this year of Romney’s reported income this year found that in 2010 Romney made more by 6:00 a.m. on January 1 than many retirees did the entire year.
NC Alliance Raises Money to Help Local Seniors
The North Carolina Alliance recently held its first annual golf tournament to raise money for a local YMCA as well as the state chapter’s programs that help area seniors. The event, held in Clemmons NC, was sponsored by AFSCME, the State Employees Association of North Carolina, the AFL-CIO and many generous individuals. Photos here: http://bit.ly/M1Qk47. Congratulations to all for a successful event!
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