Democratic Platform Shows Stark Contrast Between Two Parties

September 05, 2012

For Immediate Release

September 5, 2012

The following statement was issued today by Edward F. Coyle, Executive Director of the Alliance for Retired Americans, in response to the 2012 Democratic Party Platform.

“The 2012 platform adopted by the Democratic Party this week in Charlotte shows the stark contrasts between the two parties on key issues of Social Security and Medicare.

“The Democratic Party, which signed Medicare and Social Security into law over Republican objections, once again reaffirmed its strong commitment to these two great American success stories. In contrast, the Republican platform would enrich big insurance companies by creating a voucher-based Medicare program, and also allow Wall Street to profit off a risky, privatized Social Security system that would provide lower benefits to workers forced to stay longer on the job.

“Social Security and Medicare are not just seniors issues. Retirees’ health and well-being affect every generation in the family. Medicare and Social Security give today’s workers hope that they will someday be able to enjoy a safe, secure, and healthy retirement. Before Social Security and Medicare, people too often worked until they died, or lived out their final years in terrible pain and poverty. We have come a long way in this country, and this election cannot be the year we begin to roll back this
progress.

“Workers and retirees owe the Democratic Platform Committee, which included Alliance President Barbara J. Easterling, a debt of gratitude for standing up for Social Security and Medicare. These landmark programs are pillars of the middle class and inviolable commitments our nation makes to current and future generations.

“There has never been an election with such stark contrasts between the two parties on fundamental issues of social and economic justice. The Alliance for Retired Americans, a four-million member grassroots advocacy organization, will be educating and mobilizing seniors across the country about these core differences.”

Mr. Coyle is available for media interviews by calling 202/637-5275.

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Contact: David Blank (202) 637-5275 or dblank@retiredamericans.org

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