August 25, 2010

Retiree Leaders Demand Simpson Resignation from Presidential Panel

Cite Growing Pattern of Offensive Remarks About Senior Citizens

For Immediate Release
August 25, 2010


 
Washington DC – The Alliance for Retired Americans today wrote President Obama to demand the resignation of Alan Simpson as Co-Chair of the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform.  

Alliance President Barbara J. Easterling and Executive Director Ed Coyle wrote the White House in the wake of a growing pattern of offensive comments Simpson has been making about senior citizens, the most recent of which was an e-mail he wrote to the Executive Director of the Older Women’s League, in which he said that Social Security is "like a milk cow with 310 million tits."  Furthermore, he also told the prominent aging policy leader to, “call when you get honest work.”

Copy of letter.

Easterling and Coyle wrote that these remarks are, “conduct unbecoming a person named to co-chair a presidential panel.  Moreover, it is the latest in a series of derisive and inappropriate comments Mr. Simpson has made about our nation’s seniors and the Social Security benefits they have earned and rely upon to make ends meet.”

Previously, Simpson has referred to seniors as “greedy geezers;” said that lower-income Americans are “lesser people in society;” and that he is frustrated hearing from retirees who, “live in gated communities and drive their Lexus to the Perkins restaurant to get the AARP discount.”

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August 13, 2010

Retirees Proud But Anxious as Social Security Turns 75


“True American Success Story” Threatened by False Claims, Ideology

For Immediate Release
August 13, 2010

The following statement was issued today by Edward F. Coyle, Executive Director of the Alliance for Retired Americans, on the 75th anniversary of President Franklin Roosevelt signing Social Security into law on August 14, 1935.

 

“Retirees have much to be proud of as Social Security turns 75.  It is a true American success story, one that has kept generations of seniors out of poverty, and allowed millions to retire with dignity and peace of mind.  But this milestone anniversary is tainted by calls, in the name of deficit reduction, to cut Social Security benefits and raise the retirement age.

 

“Current and future retirees have reason to be concerned.  First, the claims that Social Security adds to our deficit are just plain wrong. Social Security is fully-funded through payroll taxes on workers and employers; it has not added a cent to the federal deficit.

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July 30, 2010

Medicare at 45: Health Reform Brings New Benefits for Retirees

45th Anniversary of “True American Success Story”

For Immediate Release
July 30, 2010


The following statement was issued today by Edward F. Coyle, Executive Director of the Alliance for Retired Americans: 

 

“Today is the 45th anniversary of Medicare, a milestone for a true American success story that has helped reduce senior poverty by two-thirds.

 

“This year is an especially happy birthday for Medicare, because the new health reform law makes it easier for seniors to afford to see a doctor, fill a prescription, and receive free preventive screenings and tests for serious diseases.

 

“But unfortunately too many retirees remain skeptical and unaware of these new benefits. 

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July 09, 2010

Boehner Comments Hurtful to Workers

House GOP Leader Wants to Raise Retirement Age to 70

For Immediate Release
June 30, 2010


“John Boehner’s call to raise the Social Security retirement age to 70 is not only deeply hurtful and insensitive to workers, but also reflects a dangerously flawed misunderstanding of how Social Security is financed and operates,” said Edward F. Coyle, Executive Director of the Alliance for Retired Americans, a four million-member grassroots advocacy organization.

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June 10, 2010

Retiree Activists Celebrate Relief for Seniors with High Drug Costs

For Immediate Release
    

Join Senators on Day $250 Rebate Checks Begin Going to Seniors


The following are prepared remarks for Barbara J. Easterling and Stella Johnson at a U.S. Senate press conference to mark the beginning of relief for seniors who fall into the Medicare Part D "doughnut hole" coverage gap. Ms. Easterling is President of the Alliance for Retired Americans and Ms. Johnson is a retired teacher from Washington DC who is in the doughnut hole.

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June 08, 2010

Retirees Laud Obama Remarks on Health Reform and Seniors

New Law Will Help Seniors Better Afford Doctor Visits, Prescription Drugs

The following statement was issued today by Edward F. Coyle, Executive Director of the Alliance for Retired Americans, in response to a national tele-town hall President Obama held today to educate retirees on the new health reform law.

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May 19, 2010

Retirees Celebrate Critz Victory

For Immediate Release

Win Will Help Protect Social Security Benefits for Seniors


The following statement was issued by Edward F. Coyle, Executive Director of the Alliance for Retired Americans, in response to yesterday's victory by Mark Critz in Pennsylvania:

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May 04, 2010

Retiree Voting Record Focuses on Health Care, Medicare, and Economics

For Immediate Release

Seniors Fight Uphill Battle to Maintain Standard of Living


To mark Older Americans Month, the Alliance for Retired Americans today released a new report detailing the voting record of every U.S. Senator and Representative on key issues affecting current and future retirees.

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April 28, 2010

Financial Reform Bill Will Protect Seniors, Retiree Leader Says

Retirement Security Devastated in Recent Years

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April 27, 2010

Retiree Leader: Deficit Panel Meetings Should be Open to the Public

For Immediate Release

Discuss Social Security in the Light of Day

The following statement was issued today by Edward F. Coyle, Executive Director of the Alliance for Retired Americans:

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