"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
Voters Should Demand “the Whole Truth” on Social Security, Medicare
For Immediate Release
September 23, 2010
The following statement was issued by Edward F. Coyle, Executive Director of the Alliance for Retired American, in response to the “Pledge to America” released today by U.S. House Republicans:
“Today’s agenda provides few specifics for voters concerned about Social Security and Medicare. Seniors need more than buzzwords and bromides to pay their bills, see a doctor, or fill a prescription.
“Conspicuously absent from today’s plan are both aspiring-Speaker John Boehner’s pledge to increase the Social Security retirement age to 70, and also the “Roadmap” of the Budget Committee’s Paul Ryan which would let Wall Street run a privatized Social Security and end Medicare as we know it.
“This fall older voters should press their local GOP candidates for greater detail on Social Security. Do they support raising the retirement age? Would they cut benefits? Would they privatize Social Security and tie it to the uncertainty and greed on Wall Street?