"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, former 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
Ryan Budget State-by-State (April 2014)
The U.S. House passed the Ryan budget on April 10, 2014. Here's what it would mean for each state.
Ryan Republican Budget for FY 2015 (April 2014)
On April 10, 2014, the U.S. House passed the House Republican (Ryan) budget for Fiscal Year 2015 by a vote of 219-205. As feared, it is a plan that would harm the middle class while providing a windfall for millionaires.
Compare the Ryan House Budget with the Obama Budget and the U.S. Senate Budget (October 2013)
A House-Senate budget conference has been created to develop a federal budget by December 13, 2013. All of the budgets reduce the deficit; however, unlike the House budget plan promoted by Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI), the Obama and Senate budgets do not voucherize Medicare.
Alliance Letter Opposing Paul Ryan's Republican House Budget for FY2014
See why the Alliance opposes the Ryan budget, which would fast-track cuts to Social Security, gut Medicaid and dismantle the Medicare program – all while giving $5.7 trillion in new tax cuts for the wealthy and corporations.
Alliance Activist Diane Fleming Warns Seniors that Paul Ryan Will Cut and Privatize Medicare
Read Activist Diane Fleming's statement at a Capitol Hill Event with the House Progressive Caucus, March 13, 2013.
Alliance for Retired Americans Ryan Budget Fact Sheet - 2012
Ryan’s budget is worse than feared, and changes to Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security as we know them are at the forefront of his plans.
The Ryan Roadmap: A Transfer of Resources to the Wealthiest Americans
Prior to being named Mitt Romney's running mate, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) released "The Roadmap for America’s Future," which would radically alter our nation’s social insurance programs and tax policies. According to an analysis by the Center for Budget and Policy Priorities, a non-partisan think tank, the plan would result in a massive transfer of resources from working and middle class Americans to the nation’s wealthiest individuals. Here is how seniors would be affected by the Ryan Roadmap. en español
Medicare and Social Security Talking Points
Some suggested questions and talking points about Medicare and Social Security, two pillars of retirement security for millions of Americans.
Senior Summer Toolkit 2012 – Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid Talking Points
The Ryan plan is being proposed as a means of stopping sequestration in 2013, yet it balances the budget on the backs of retirees while giving tax cuts to millionaires. Here are some talking points to defend these critical programs from the GOP assault on the working class.
House Budget Threatens Medicare Coverage for Current and Future Generations
AFSCME has released a fact sheet that details just how the Romney-Ryan plan will decimate Medicare for current and future retirees.
Kaiser Poll: Most Americans Oppose Changing Medicare
70 percent of Americans say that Medicare should continue as it is today, with the government guaranteeing seniors health insurance and making sure that everyone gets the same defined set of benefits.
Quick Facts about Congressman Ryan’s Budget
Ryan’s budget would slash Social Security and Medicare, increasing health care costs and undermining the economic security of seniors.
Families USA 2012 Republican Budget Fact Sheet
The Romney-Ryan plan undermines health care for millions of seniors and people with disabilities who rely on Medicare and Medicaid, while cutting benefits for beneficiaries today.