"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, former 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, former 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
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Alliance Celebrates the 45th Birthday of Medicare
July 30, 2010
Today is the 45th birthday of Medicare, and
Also on Wednesday, Alliance President Barbara J. Easterling wrote in the Huffington Post that “This year is an especially happy birthday for Medicare because the new health reform law makes it easier for seniors to afford to see a doctor, fill a prescription, and receive free preventive screenings and tests for serious diseases.” To see the entire column, go to http://huff.to/dwQYfD. A new ad featuring Andy Griffith, describing important improvements to Medicare made by the Affordable Care Act in advance of Medicare Open Enrollment, can be seen by visiting www.Medicare.gov.
The Leadership Council of Aging Organizations, a coalition of 64 non-profits - including the
Fiscal Commission Meets Again, Considers Medicare, Social Security Cuts
The Wednesday, July 28th meeting of the President’s Fiscal Commission, which is charged with fixing the federal budget deficit, featured testimony from Maya MacGuineas, President of the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget, a conservative organization funded by the right-wing Pete Peterson Foundation. MacGuineas mentioned raising the retirement age as a viable option to help generate savings. Sen. Max Baucus (D-MT) made the point that the debate must shift away from spending cuts and start to focus more on revenue raising options, saying that capping mandatory spending on entitlement programs such as Social Security will undoubtedly generate minimal savings at the expense of deserving beneficiaries. For an
Social Security’s 75th Birthday Festivities Begin
Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), House Democratic Leaders, and House Democrats held a press event on Wednesday on the steps of the U.S. Capitol to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Social Security Act, which President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed into law on August 14, 1935. At the event, the Speaker blasted Republicans for trying to privatize Social Security, saying the change would have resulted in the trust fund incurring a massive loss due to the downturn in the stock market. Last Saturday in
On Thursday, more than 60 groups, including the
Insurers Try to Get Around the New Health Care Law
After spending millions of dollars to fight health care reform, insurance companies have now shifted their focus towards finding methods of weakening the new law and loopholes around consumer protections. According to a new report by the coalition Health Care for America Now, available at http://bit.ly/dAHmlT, insurers are trying to get around new rules that require premium dollars be spent only on actual medical care, and not on administration, executive pay, and marketing. The new rules are being written by the National Association of Insurance Commissioners, who have found themselves being furiously lobbied by the insurance industry.
Home-Care Service Cuts Rip through Communities
Home-care services for seniors have been put on the chopping block, another casualty of severe budget shortfalls. According to The New York Times, at least 25 states and D.C. have curtailed programs that include meal deliveries, housekeeping aid, and assistance for family caregivers. The cuts threaten to reverse a growing trend of seniors staying in their homes as they age, rather than in a nursing home. Alliance Secretary-Treasurer Ruben Burks criticized the cuts, saying, “Legislators are turning their backs on seniors who have worked all their lives to build their communities.”
Did You Know…
A new survey sponsored by the National Council on Aging (NCOA) found that only 24% knew that the new health law will extend the solvency of Medicare, and only 14% were aware that the reforms are projected to cut deficit spending.