"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
For Immediate Release
November 8, 2010
The following statement was issued today by Edward F. Coyle, Executive Director of the Alliance for Retired Americans, on U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's candidacy for Democratic Leader.
“Our nation's retirees have always had a great friend in Nancy Pelosi.
“At a time of growing threats to Social Security, older Americans can count on Nancy Pelosi. Speaker Pelosi has expressed her support for a one-time $250 payment to Social Security recipients who were denied a Cost-of-Living Adjustment by an arcane and outdated federal statistical formula. As some in Washington are falsely linking Social Security to our budget deficit, Speaker Pelosi is standing strong against increasing the retirement age, cutting benefits, or letting big Wall Street firms run a privatized Social Security system.
“Because of Speaker Nancy Pelosi's courageous leadership on health reform, millions of retirees will be better able to afford to see a doctor and fill a prescription. Speaker Pelosi helped close the Medicare “donut hole” coverage gap, eliminate co-pays and deductibles for life-saving screenings and tests, and lower the cost of long-term care for middle class families.
“As seniors across the country are struggling to get by, Speaker Nancy Pelosi's leadership is needed more than ever.”
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