September 28, 2012

Past Statements by Paul Ryan Shed More Light on his Policies Regarding Seniors

A transcript of a speech made in 2005 by Vice Presidential nominee Paul Ryan has received renewed attention this week, after the national Catholic weekly publication America published an article on his remarks.  In his speech, Ryan took an extremist stance on Social Security and Medicare. He called Social Security and Medicare “collectivist” and “socialistic” and described his plans for privatization.

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September 21, 2012

Paul Ryan is Booed at AARP Conference

On Friday afternoon, GOP vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan addressed AARP’s National Annual Conference in New Orleans.  He stated, on the record, that he is for raising the retirement age. The address was not well-received. Audience members called Ryan a “liar,” told him to “go home,” and booed his critique of President Obama and health reform.

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September 14, 2012

On the Campaign Trail, Medicare Continues to be Central Topic

With the Democratic and Republican conventions over, Medicare continues to garner attention. Launching a two-day campaign swing in Florida, former President Bill Clinton pushed back in Miami on Tuesday against what he described as Republican scare tactics over health care programs for older Americans.

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September 07, 2012

Democratic Convention Provides Sharp Contrast with Republicans on Senior Issues

The 46th Democratic National Convention took place this week, ending last night with the official nomination of Barack Obama for re-election as U.S. President. The 2012 platform adopted by the Democratic Party this week in Charlotte shows the stark contrasts between the two parties on the key issues of Social Security and Medicare.

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August 31, 2012

Republican Platform Calls for Sweeping Changes to Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid

Delegates to this week’s Republican National Convention approved a party platform calling for sweeping changes to Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid.  Pledging to “save Medicare by modernizing it,” the platform supports vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan’s plan to push seniors toward vouchers to buy health coverage from private insurance companies.  The platform would also raise the Medicare eligibility age to 67.  Medicaid, which is the only way that 70 percent of seniors can afford long-term and nursing home care, would be cut under the GOP plan, with much of the program turned over to individual states.

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August 24, 2012

Alliance Responds to Argument That Obama Raided $716 Billion from Medicare

When Mitt Romney says he will reverse the changes to Medicare under health reform, he means he will reinstitute overpayments to insurance companies and protect pharmaceutical and medical device companies. This would weaken Medicare, making it insolvent earlier – in 2016.

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August 17, 2012

Mitt Romney Chooses Paul Ryan as His Running Mate

On Saturday morning, Mitt Romney unveiled U.S. Representative and House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI) as his choice for running mate in his quest to become U.S. President. Alliance Executive Director Edward F. Coyle was quick to react to the choice of Ryan, who has made clear his plan to end Medicare as we know it by turning it into a voucher system - shifting thousands of dollars in health care costs to seniors. Ryan also seeks to raise the retirement age, privatize Social Security and cut benefits under that program.

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August 10, 2012

Coyle Slams ‘Morning Joe’ for Social Security Falsehoods

Edward F. Coyle, Executive Director of the Alliance, issued a response this week to a Monday segment on MSNBC’s Morning Joe filled with half-truths and outright lies about Social Security’s future.  In the segment, host Joe Scarborough perpetuated the myth that Social Security adds to the deficit, when in reality the Social Security Trust Fund has a $2.7 trillion surplus.

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August 03, 2012

Medicare and Medicaid Birthday Events Cover 23 States!

The Alliance celebrated the 47th Birthday of Medicare and Medicaid on July 30, and 50 “Let’s Not Be the Last Generation to Retire” summer campaign events have now taken place since July 22.

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July 27, 2012

President Obama Woos Older Voters in Florida

In a recent campaign speech to a seniors audience in West Palm Beach, President Barack Obama laid out his platform for older Americans, pointing out the clear differences between his vision for the country and Mitt Romney’s.

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