We are thrilled with reports that President Obama heard Alliance members from across the country and removed the chained CPI cut to Social Security and other programs from his 2015 budget. Our voices were heard.
"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
“Telling seniors who depend on Medicaid to “go eat soup” is insulting and degrading to senior citizens everywhere.
“Members of the Alliance for Retired Americans watched the President’s State of the Union address on Tuesday night with an eye on Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, and Income Inequality.
The two-year budget agreement unveiled by Sen. Patty Murray and Rep. Paul Ryan on Tuesday night will bring more certainty to the nation’s economy. The Alliance for Retired Americans is grateful that the deal was reached without cutting earned Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid benefits.
With the Budget Conference Committee, set up to resolve differences in House and Senate spending plans, preparing to meet next week, Reps. Jim Bridenstine (R-OK) and Doug Lamborn (R-CO) have proposed increasing federal employees' contribution toward their retirement program from 0.8 percent to 2.0 percent of pay over three years.
Richard J. Fiesta has been named the Alliance for Retired Americans’ new Executive Director, succeeding Edward F. Coyle, who has managed and grown the four million member grassroots advocacy organization since its 2001 founding. The Alliance’s Executive Board voted unanimously to appoint Mr. Fiesta, effective December 1, 2013.
Fox Valley Residents to Ribble: “Stop Betraying Our Veterans,” Deliver 120,000+ Petitions Against Chained CPI
Today, outside Congressman Reid Ribble’s Appleton office, veterans joined area residents, state and national organizations in delivering over 120,000 petition signatures and sending a strong message: “No chained CPI benefit cuts.”
The House Ways and Means Committee was misleading when it released a statement on Monday that says, “If the more accurate chained CPI was used to determine the 2014 cost of living increase, seniors would see a 1.7 percent increase as opposed to this year’s increase of 1.5 percent.”
The year 2014 will bring another small raise for millions of people in earned Social Security, veterans' and federal pension benefits. Next year's cost-of -living adjustment (COLA) increase will be 1.5%, the U.S. Department of Labor and the Social Security Administration announced today. The increase is based on the current CPI (Consumer Price Index) calculation, calibrated specifically for working Americans.
The following statement was issued today by Edward F. Coyle, Executive Director of the Alliance for Retired Americans.
Washington, DC – “The agreement by the U.S. House and Senate to fund the government until January 15, and to raise the debt ceiling through February 7, is a relief for seniors.