Romney Comments Offensive, Reflect Anti-Medicare, Social Security Stances

September 18, 2012

Retiree Leader Blasts “Callous Indifference”

For Immediate Release

September 18, 2012
The following statement was issued today by Edward F. Coyle, Executive Director of the Alliance for Retired Americans, in response recently-aired comments by presidential candidate Mitt Romney:
“Mitt Romney’s offensive comments show his true colors, a callous indifference to millions of hard-working Americans.
“No, Mitt Romney, retirees who receive Social Security and Medicare are not ‘dependent’ – rather they are proud men and women who paid Medicare and Social Security taxes in every paycheck they ever earned.  They are part of a generations-old national commitment to workers, honoring a lifetime of hard work with help toward retiring with dignity and security.
“While shocking, Romney's private comments mirror his public stances.   Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan are the most anti-senior ticket ever, running on a platform that would enrich big insurance companies by creating a voucher-based Medicare program and let Wall Street profit off a risky, privatized Social Security system that would provide lower benefits to workers forced to stay longer on the job.
“Before Social Security and Medicare, too many people worked until the day they died or lived out their final years in terrible health and poverty.  These offensive comments by Mitt Romney are a stark reminder that he wants to turn back the clock on the great progress our nation has made.”
Mr. Coyle is available for media interviews by calling 202/637-5275.


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