While on his book tour in Pensacola, Florida, House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI) refused to say why he favors slashing Medicare and Medicaid in order to fund $5 trillion in tax breaks for millionaires and corporations.
"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
Pennsylvania Alliance for Retired Americans members protested on Wednesday, August 20, when the World Affairs Council of Philadelphia hosted House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI) for a talk and book-signing at the Union League of Philadelphia.
Marking the 79th anniversary of Social Security, members of the Alliance for Retired Americans today celebrated this important birthday by throwing more than 30 birthday parties across the country with cake and balloons.
Seniors celebrated Medicare’s 49th birthday on Wednesday with more than 50 events nationwide, including a Capitol Hill event with House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (CA), Democratic Caucus Chairman Xavier Becerra (CA), and Reps. Doris Matsui (CA) and Jan Schakowsky (IL).
Statement by Retiree Leader Richard Fiesta on the 2014 Social Security and Medicare Trustees Reports
The most important lesson from the 2014 Social Security Trustees Report is that Social Security has a large and growing surplus.
Today’s decision hurts millions of low-wage workers and the people they serve, often the most frail and vulnerable in America. All workers deserve a voice. Home health care workers’ right to a voice on the job took a wrong-headed hit today, and that harms the home health care that seniors and people with disabilities receive.
The Alliance for Retired Americans applauds Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA) and Rep. Ron Kind (D-WI), who have introduced needed legislation to ensure that same-sex spouses receive equal treatment under the Social Security Act.
On Wednesday, June 18, the U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging is holding a hearing to examine the impact of recent Social Security field office closures and service cuts.
The Alliance for Retired Americans today released a new report detailing the voting record of every U.S. Representative and Senator on key issues affecting current and future retirees.
Today, Senator Marco Rubio insulted the American people by proposing that their most successful earned benefits program, Social Security, should be dismantled. Rubio’s plans to raise the retirement age and to privatize Social Security and Medicare would increase wealth inequality, transferring the only guarantees that most Americans have for a secure retirement to Wall Street bankers and insurance companies.