Seniors Launch Grassroots Campaign: “Let’s Not Be the Last Generation to Retire”

July 30, 2012

Spotlights Political Threats to Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security

For Immediate Release

July 30, 2012

Washington – On today’s 47th anniversary of Medicare and Medicaid, grassroots activists with the Alliance for Retired Americans are hosting events across the country as part of their “Let’s Not Be the Last Generation to Retire” campaign.  The grassroots efforts will include over 60 actions continuing through August 14, Social Security’s 77th birthday.

“Before Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security, many people worked until the day they died, or they lived their final years in terrible health and poverty.  These three great American success stories have helped generations of retirees live with dignity and better health,” said Edward F. Coyle, Executive Director of the Alliance for Retired Americans.

These accomplishments, Coyle said, “could all become a thing of the past if the wrong candidates win in November. Mitt Romney and congressional Republicans want to reduce benefits, raise the eligibility age, and push seniors toward buying health coverage in the costly, unfair private insurance market.”

In response to these political threats, the Alliance’s campaign will include birthday celebrations in local communities, educational briefings at senior centers, and protests outside offices of lawmakers who have voted against the needs of local retirees.

“Our goal is to educate seniors on the issues and the candidates in the 2012 elections and to clear up the misinformation being spread by big corporations and TV commentators,” Coyle said.

For more information, please call 202/637-5275 or visit:

Contact: David Blank (202) 637-5275 or

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