"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, former 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, former 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
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Retiree Group Opposes Social Security Change in “Fiscal Cliff” Talks
December 20, 2012
For Immediate Release
December 20, 2012
The following statement was issued today by Edward F. Coyle, Executive Director of the Alliance for Retired Americans.
“Millions of seniors would suffer cuts in Social Security from a plan under consideration in on-going budget talks in Washington. The Alliance for Retired Americans strongly opposes this badly-flawed proposal to change how inflation is measured in determining Social Security Cost-of-Living-Adjustments (COLA).
“Looking past the policy jargon and false claims about ‘technical corrections,’ the hard truth is that seniors would lose some of the Social Security benefits they have earned, paid for, and need to get by each month. For example, under what is coldly labeled as the “chained CPI,” a worker retiring in 2011 at age 65 would lose over $6,000 over 15 years.
“The faulty logic of this proposed change assumes that under a lower COLA consumers could simply choose a cheaper substitute for an intended purchase. However, for seniors health care costs consume a vast amount of their income. These costs cannot simply be substituted with a cheaper version. For example, a senior cannot try to save money by opting for a double bypass surgery instead of a triple bypass.
“Not only is this a terribly harmful policy choice, but it has no place in the budget talks. Social Security has not added one penny to our budget deficit. We cannot ask workers and retirees to pay the price for a problem they did not create.
“We must reject the chained-CPI. And we must change our badly-flawed tax system, one that regularly puts Social Security at risk to pay for more tax breaks for the wealthy. It’s long past time that we stop asking those with the least to sacrifice the most.”
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