"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
Retiree Leader Reacts to Obama Fiscal Speech
April 13, 2011
Cut Tax Breaks for the Wealthy Instead of Balancing Budget on Backs on Seniors
For Immediate Release
April 13, 2011
The following statement was issued today by Edward F. Coyle, Executive Director of the Alliance for Retired Americans:
“Retirees support President Obama’s call to lower our federal budget deficit. Older Americans do not want a large debt to be the legacy we leave behind for our children and grandchildren.
“As this debate proceeds, grassroots activists with the Alliance for Retired Americans will be urging their elected officials to address the root causes of our deficit – the badly-unneeded tax breaks for wealthy individuals and corporations – and to protect and strengthen Social Security and Medicare, two great American success stories that have helped generations of seniors stay healthy and out of poverty.
“We are glad that President Obama separated his calls for Social Security reforms from the efforts to lower the deficit. We hope the President’s statement today will help dispel the lingering falsehood in the media and political circles that Social Security causes our deficit. The Social Security Trust Fund is fully-supported by worker and employer taxes, and currently has a $2.6 trillion surplus.
“There is a right way and a wrong way to lower federal spending. The wrong way is the plan that the U.S. House will vote on this week by Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI). For millions of Americans, it would effectively end their hopes of a safe and secure retirement by cutting Social Security, raising the retirement age, putting insurance companies in charge of privatized Medicare, and letting governors decide who gets nursing home care.
“Over the coming months and year, the Alliance for Retired Americans will be educating retirees across the country on these important issues and where their elected officials stand.”
Contact: David Blank (202) 637-5275 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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