The Ohio Alliance for Retired Americans and its 230,000 members, thank Congressman Dennis Kucinich for his announced intention today to vote for health insurance reform. The 84,000 seniors in his district will immediately benefit from several provisions of the bill. The bill will eliminate co-payments for preventive care services such as diabetes and cancer screening. The bill would increase payments to primary care doctors, and improve the coordination and quality of care for persons with chronic illnesses, in line with the need to produce better care and lower health costs.
"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, 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, 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, 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
Health Reform Can Improve Seniors Lives, Retiree Leader Says
Will Make Preventive Tests and Medications Affordable
The following statement was issued today by Edward F. Coyle, Executive Director of the Alliance for Retired Americans, who today joined House Speaker Nancy Pelosi in a press conference on health insurance reform.
Pennsylvania Rrtirees thank Pennsylvania AFL-CIO President Bill George for his years of service. PARA Congratulates him on his retirement and officially welcomes him to the ranks of the retired!
The Ohio Alliance for Retired Americans calls on Congressman Kucinich to stop Medicare from bleeding out. The Medicare Trust fund continues to bleed because of the fiscally negligent Congress of 2003. Representative Kucinich voted against the unfunded "advantage" program then.
GOP Stacks Debt Panel with Opponents of Social Security and Medicare
The "Sock Our Seniors Six" Taints Objectivity of Debt Commission
The following statement was issued today by Edward F. Coyle, Executive Director of the Alliance for Retired Americans, regarding the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform.
Retirees Despondent After Senate's Refusal of $250 Payment to Seniors
Would Have Helped Many Struggling in Recession with Life-saving Medications
The following statement was issued today by Edward F. Coyle, Executive Director of the Alliance for Retired Americans, in reaction to the Senate's failure to pass a $250 Economic Recovery payment for seniors, veterans, and persons with disabilities.
Retirees Praise Obama Health Reform Proposal
Takes Several Key Steps to Address Seniors' Needs
The following statement was issued today by Edward F. Coyle, Executive Director of the Alliance for Retired Americans, in response to the health insurance reform proposals unveiled today by President Obama.
Retiree Leader: Deficit Panel Should Support Social Security and Medicare
Questions Objectivity of Commission Co-Chair Alan Simpson
The following statement was issued today by Edward F. Coyle, Executive Director of the Alliance for Retired Americans, in response to President Obama signing an Executive Order creating the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform.
Retiree Reaction to State of Union:
Don't Balance Budget on Backs of Seniors
The following statement was issued today by Edward F. Coyle, Executive Director of the Alliance for Retired Americans, in response to budget deficit proposals in tonight's State of the Union address:
Ohio retirees support President Obama’s call to reduce the federal budget deficit. We cannot, however, balance the budget on the back of America’s seniors, said David Friesner Ohio Alliance President.