"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
In Scaring Seniors, Paul Ryan Strays Even Further From the Truth
September 21, 2012
For Immediate Release
September 21, 2012
The following statement was issued today by Edward F. Coyle, Executive Director of the Alliance for Retired Americans, in response to Paul Ryan’s speech at AARP.
“Even by already-low Paul Ryan standards, the GOP vice presidential nominee outdid himself today. In a calculated disregard for the facts, Paul Ryan told many lies. Here are some of the biggest:
“$716 billion cuts to Medicare? No mention of how these only affect wasteful, redundant tax dollars going to the big insurance and medical supply companies. No mention that the ‘old’ Paul Ryan supported the same thing back when he played to smaller audiences.
“The Affordable Care Act is bad for seniors? No mention of the $4.5 billion seniors have already saved on prescriptions, an average of $641 per person. No mention of closing the Medicare Part D doughnut hole. No mention of all the lives – and money – saved by 19 million seniors who have received new, free preventive care and tests for life-threatening diseases. No mention of how he would repeal these new benefits and replace long-standing Medicare with an inadequate voucher plan that steers seniors toward buying expensive plans from insurance companies.
“The secret government panel that will ration medical care? No mention of how this group will solely focus on eliminating waste, fraud, and abuse in payments to providers, and is prohibited from cutting benefits to seniors. No mention of how all members of the panel must be confirmed by the Senate, nor how their recommendations can be overruled by Congress. This fear-mongering lie to America’s seniors is nothing but an encore of Sarah Palin’s shameful ‘death panel’ warnings. The only people who ration health care in this country are Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan’s friends in the health insurance industry, the ones who deny people the medical care they desperately need.
“With President Obama and Paul Ryan appearing back-to-back at this meeting, voters were reminded of the stark contrasts in this election. For Barack Obama, Medicare and Social Security are two of America’s greatest success stories. For Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan, they are two more public goods that can be sold off for private gain.”
Mr. Coyle is available for media interviews by calling 202/637-5275.
Contact: David Blank (202) 637-5275 or firstname.lastname@example.org