Rob Astorino: Let Seniors Eat Soup, and Then They Won’t Need Dentures

February 03, 2014

For Immediate Release

Contact: Dennis Tracey, (914) 805-5051 or

Dennis Tracey, President of the New York State Alliance for Retired Americans, released the following statement in response to Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino’s statement about benefits for seniors on Medicaid:

“Telling seniors who depend on Medicaid to “go eat soup” is insulting and degrading to senior citizens everywhere.  

“This kind of thoughtless comment ignores that there are countless senior citizens who depend on Medicaid for all kinds of critical health issues, from prescription drugs to dentures.

“To mock these real issues shows that Rob Astorino not only doesn't care about the needs of seniors, but that he thinks our best use is being the butt of a political joke.  Mr. Astorino should immediately apologize.”

To see video footage of Rob Astorino’s remarks, go to

The New York State Alliance for Retired Americans is a statewide organization that advocates for the rights and well-being of over 440,000 retirees and their families.

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