April 21, 2011

Retirees and Workers Tell Congress: "Don't Make Us Work 'Til We Die!"

Seniors, workers and residents from around the nation are holding events next week, many in their old work uniforms, to protest budget cuts to Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid, all of which have been recently voted on in Congress.  The events are part of a national week of action called “Don’t Make Us Work ’Til We Die,” which are taking place in states including Arizona, California, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Iowa, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, Ohio, Vermont, and Wisconsin during the week of April 25. Nationally, these events are sponsored by the Alliance for Retired Americans and the Strengthen Social Security Campaign, a coalition of more than 300 other national and state organizations.  

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April 13, 2011

Retiree Leader Reacts to Obama Fiscal Speech

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

“Retirees support President Obama’s call to lower our federal budget deficit.  Older Americans do not want a large debt to be the legacy we leave behind for our children and grandchildren.

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April 05, 2011

Retiree Leader Condemns House GOP Budget Plan

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

 

"Paul Ryan's budget proposal takes better care of CEOs in corporate towers than it does seniors in nursing homes.

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March 23, 2011

Retirees Celebrate Health Reform Anniversary

Marking the one-year anniversary of President Obama signing the Affordable Care Act, activists with the Alliance for Retired Americans are this week holding events around the country and writing their elected officials in support of new benefits that help retirees better afford to see a doctor and fill a prescription.

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February 18, 2011

GOP Leaders Threaten Social Security


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

“The Alliance for Retired Americans, a grassroots advocacy organization with over 4 million members, is outraged by the cold-hearted ways in which House Republicans are trying to lower the budget deficit on the backs of seniors, persons with disabilities, and young survivors.

“Their plan would create massive furloughs – shutting down the entire agency for 20 working days.  This would be devastating for the people in our country who are most in need.  For example:

•    Phones and offices would be shut down, leaving current recipients who have questions or concerns unable to get the help they need.  3.6 million people visit Social Security offices each month.  Social Security receives 119,000 calls a day to its field offices and 280,000 calls a day to its 800 number. A twenty-day furlough would block 8 million callers who need immediate help;

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January 25, 2011

GOP Leaders Threaten Social Security, Medicare

Responses to State of Union Address Show Party’s True Colors

For Immediate Release

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

 

“Retirees who count on Social Security and Medicare to make ends meet should be concerned by the House Republicans who will respond to President Obama’s State of the Union Address, Reps. Paul Ryan, chair of the House Budget Committee, and Michele Bachman, founder of the House Tea Party Caucus. 

 

“Ryan’s self-touted ‘Roadmap’ would be a dead end for retirees.  It would turn a privatized Social Security over to Wall Street, cut benefits, and raise the retirement age.  It would end Medicare as we know it, turning it into a voucher program that would have many seniors paying more money for less medical coverage.


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January 20, 2011

Retiree Leaders to Obama: State of Union a Chance to Strengthen Social Security


Joint Letter Critical of False Budget Claims


For Immediate Release

Washington DC – Thirty state retiree leaders today told President Obama that he has “the opportunity to renew the nation’s commitment to the Social Security program during the State of the Union Address” and urged him to reject false claims that Social Security increases the federal budget deficit.

In a joint letter signed by 30 presidents of state chapters of the Alliance for Retired Americans, the retiree leaders said they are concerned that “many in Washington will try to take advantage of the nation’s current debt situation and cause permanent damage to the Social Security program.”   The co-signers wrote that the program is fully-financed by worker and employer contributions and that the “current debt situation should not be a political cover for attacking Social Security.”

Noting recent moves to cut benefits and raise the retirement age, the state retiree leaders wrote to the President, “we strongly urge you to resist such efforts... the debate over the current debt situation is not the forum for debating the future of Social Security.”

For a copy of the letter, go to http://bit.ly/dK1pBa.

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January 18, 2011

Vote To Repeal Health Reform is a Vote Against America's Seniors


Senior Group Outraged at Proposal to Repeal New Medicare Benefits

For Immediate Release

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

“The proposal to be voted on in the U.S. House this week to repeal the 2010 health reform law is unconscionable. Seniors are clear on this: DO NOT raise our prescription drug costs; DO NOT re-open the Medicare Part D prescription drug doughnut hole; and DO NOT take away our free preventive screenings by repealing this law.

 

“Over 46.5 million Medicare beneficiaries in this country would be harmed by the repeal of the health care reform law. Members of the House must vote against repeal and protect these important new benefits (http://bit.ly/gesRSR) for seniors.


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December 08, 2010

Retirees Angered by Congressional Defeat of Help for Social Security Recipients

Amidst Talk of Tax Cuts for the Rich, Republicans Block Help for Struggling Seniors

For Immediate Release

The following statement was issued today by Edward F. Coyle, Executive Director of the Alliance for Retired Americans, in response to the defeat of bills in both the U.S House and Senate to provide a one-time $250 payment to seniors.
 
“In a week defined by tax cuts for millionaires, retirees are stunned and outraged that Congress would reject a one-time $250 payment to seniors who, for the second year in a row, have been denied a Cost-of-Living Adjustment (COLA) by an arcane and outdated federal statistical formula.

“This legislation is critical to retirees, but unfortunately, congressional Republicans overwhelmingly chose to oppose it.  While Democrats continue to protect Social Security, Republicans continue to advocate risky schemes to privatize it and cut benefits.  America’s seniors deserve better.

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December 03, 2010

Retirees Laud Defeat of Social Security Cuts

Proposal Unfair to Retirees, Workers

For Immediate Release

The following statement was issued today by Edward F. Coyle, Executive Director of the Alliance for Retired Americans, in response to the defeat of recommendations by the leaders of the National Commission on Fiscal Reform and Responsibility.
 
“Retirees were relieved when Commission members today rejected their co-chairs’ proposal to drastically cut Social Security benefits and increase the retirement age.  We should never try to balance the budget on the backs of current and future retirees, particularly when Social Security has not added one cent to the deficit.

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