"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
The Alliance celebrated Older Americans Month (May, 2014) with the announcement of our Medicare Turns 50 campaign.
Medicare is our most successful health care program in America's history. For nearly fifty years it has given seniors the ability to see a doctor and fill a prescription – and it has kept them out of poverty. The Alliance for Retired Americans is leading the charge to celebrate Medicare's 50th birthday, beginning in 2014 and culminating in 2015! Join us!
Medicare's 50th birthday on July 30th, 2015 presents many opportunities to expand our organization's reach and ensure our message of strengthening Medicare is heard. The Paul Ryan Budget’s tired cries to end Medicare's guarantee provides us with the opportunity to confront our political foes at their offices and in the press. That’s exactly what we’re going to do.
1. July 30th, 2014, Medicare’s 49th Birthday!: Actions for the birthday; Voucher delivery to Ryan's office and other Congressional offices; DC Rally at Capitol Hill and rallies at state capitols and congressional offices; letters to the editor (LTEs) and opinion editorials (op-eds) and other communications.
2. Summer/Fall Actions: Actions in targeted House districts and Senate and Governor race states.
3. Lame Duck Actions: Prepare for bills that may rise up in the lame duck session.
4. Spring 2015 Actions: We may face major challenges if both the House and Senate are controlled by the GOP; House and Senate budget votes.
5. July 30th, 2015: Medicare’s 50th Birthday!: DC Rally and Celebration on the birthday; Alliance for Retired Americans Legislative Conference; Rallies and Celebrations in the States.