December 20, 2012

Retiree Group Opposes Social Security Change in “Fiscal Cliff” Talks

“Millions of seniors would suffer cuts in Social Security from a plan under consideration in on-going budget talks in Washington.  The Alliance for Retired Americans strongly opposes this badly-flawed proposal to change how inflation is measured in determining Social Security Cost-of-Living-Adjustments (COLA).

“Looking past the policy jargon and false claims about ‘technical corrections,’ the hard truth is that seniors would lose some of the Social Security benefits they have earned, paid for, and need to get by each month.  For example, under what is coldly labeled as the “chained CPI,” a worker retiring in 2011 at age 65 would lose over $6,000 over 15 years. 

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November 07, 2012

Medicare, Social Security Win in Election

The American people have spoken. Given clear choices and distinct differences on the issues of Social Security and Medicare – monumentous topics in this year's elections – Americans decided their economic and retirement security, and that of the people in their communities, would be best served by Barack Obama and Joe Biden.

This year, Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid were at the forefront of the national debate. President Obama’s and Vice President Biden’s strong positions to safeguard these landmark American programs are in line with what Americans want and need. 

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October 16, 2012

Social Security Increase Good News, but Seniors Face Uncertain Future

The following statement was issued today by Edward F. Coyle, Executive Director of the Alliance for Retired Americans, in response to a 1.7 percent Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) for Social Security.
 
“The modest inflationary increase in Social Security benefits is good news for seniors, but it could soon be greatly overshadowed by troubling political and legislative developments.

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October 11, 2012

Biden Stands Up for Seniors; Ryan for Insurance Companies

The following statement was issued by Edward F. Coyle, Executive Director of the Alliance for Retired Americans, in reaction to tonight’s vice-presidential debate.
 
“Tonight’s debate showed a crystal clear difference between the candidates on key issues of Medicare and Social Security.

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October 11, 2012

Retiree Leader: Stark Choices for Medicare in Tonight's Debate

The following statement was issued by Edward F. Coyle, Executive Director of the Alliance for Retired Americans, in advance of tonight’s vice-presidential debate.
 
“Tonight’s debate will address a fundamental question: does Medicare exist to protect seniors’ health or insurance companies’ wealth?

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October 03, 2012

Seniors Looking for Clear Answers in Tonight's Debate

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

“Seniors across the country will be paying close attention to tonight’s presidential debate, hoping for clear, honest answers about the future of the Medicare and Social Security they count on to stay healthy and make ends meet.

“Retirees need reassurance that Medicare will continue to help them afford to see a doctor and fill a prescription, and that it will not become a means to help insurance companies gain more power and profit.  Seniors who paid for their Social Security in every paycheck they ever earned will be keeping a close eye on the candidates, worried that Social Security could be cut to lower a budget deficit it did not cause.

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September 21, 2012

In Scaring Seniors, Paul Ryan Strays Even Further From the Truth

The following statement was issued today by Edward F. Coyle, Executive Director of the Alliance for Retired Americans, in response to Paul Ryan’s speech at AARP.

“Even by already-low Paul Ryan standards, the GOP vice presidential nominee outdid himself today. In a calculated disregard for the facts, Paul Ryan told many lies.  Here are some of the biggest:
 
“$716 billion cuts to Medicare?  No mention of how these only affect wasteful, redundant tax dollars going to the big insurance and medical supply companies.  No mention that the ‘old’ Paul Ryan supported the same thing back when he played to smaller audiences.

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September 18, 2012

Romney Comments Offensive, Reflect Anti-Medicare, Social Security Stances

"Retirees who receive Social Security and Medicare are not ‘dependent’ – rather they are proud men and women who paid Medicare and Social Security taxes in every paycheck they ever earned.  They are part of a generations-old national commitment to workers, honoring a lifetime of hard work with help toward retiring with dignity and security."

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September 05, 2012

Democratic Platform Shows Stark Contrast Between Two Parties

The 2012 platform adopted by the Democratic Party this week in Charlotte shows the stark contrasts between the two parties on key issues of Social Security and Medicare.

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August 27, 2012

Retiree Leader Critical of GOP Platform

“In a platform badly out of touch with the needs of workers and retirees, the Republican Party is seeking to enrich Wall Street and the big health insurance companies at the expense of retirees who are trying to pay their bills and stay healthy.  The platform is a perfect fit for the most anti-senior ticket ever to be nominated by a major political party.

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