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.”

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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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December 01, 2010

Retiree Leader: Fiscal Commission Seeks to Balance Budget on Backs of Workers and Retirees


Social Security, Medicare Cuts Would Hurt Current and Future Retirees


For Immediate Release


The following statement was issued today by Edward F. Coyle, Executive Director of the Alliance for Retired Americans, in response to proposals formally unveiled today by the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform.
 
“The Commission’s recommendations turn a blind eye toward tax cuts for millionaires, and instead choose to callously make workers and retirees pay the price for our nation’s badly-flawed tax and spending policies.  Moreover, by so aggressively targeting Social Security, the Commission is going after one of America’s greatest success stories, one that has not contributed a single penny to our budget deficit.

“Increasing the Social Security retirement age to 69 and reducing monthly benefits would be devastating for current and future retirees.  Today’s workers would have to stay on the job longer, only to receive lower benefits when they retire.  This would cause far more pain for blue collar and service sector workers on Main Street than it would for speculators on Wall Street.

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November 29, 2010

Retiree Leader: Simpson's Anti-Senior Slurs Disqualify Him from Fiscal Panel

Should Recuse Himself from Commission Voting


For Immediate Release
November 29, 2010


The following statement was issued today by Edward F. Coyle, Executive Director of the Alliance for Retired Americans, in response to Alan Simpson, co-chair of the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform, calling today’s seniors, “the greediest generation.”


“Alan Simpson’s recent comments that the ‘greediest generation’ of seniors oppose his calls for reducing Social Security benefits and raising the retirement age are the latest in a long line of anti-senior slurs that sharply call into question his ability to objectively carry out the Commission’s agenda.  Moreover, his comments deeply insult all that this generation did for our nation, both at home and overseas.  

“The Alliance for Retired Americans calls upon other Commission members to denounce these remarks, and for Mr. Simpson to recuse himself from the panel’s final voting, which may occur this week. 

 

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November 10, 2010

We Must Not Bully Seniors into Shouldering Such a Massive Percentage of the Debt

 Plan from Fiscal Commission Co-chairs is Ridiculous


For Immediate Release
November 10, 2010


The following statement was issued today by Edward F. Coyle, Executive Director of the Alliance for Retired Americans, in response to a proposal by the co-chairmen of the White House Fiscal Commission, Erskine Bowles and former Sen. Alan Simpson:

 

“The Bowles-Simpson proposal is not a package we can support.  In fact, it is a package we will strongly oppose.

 

“While seniors are more than willing to pay their fair share to reduce the nation’s debt, we must not turn to them to pay off such a huge portion of what was accumulated by the entire country. 

 

“Raising the retirement age to 69 is not a viable solution when so many older workers in difficult jobs are already struggling.

 

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November 08, 2010

Retiree Leader Praises Speaker Pelosi

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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September 23, 2010

House GOP Agenda Leaves Seniors with Unanswered Questions

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?

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August 31, 2010

Retiree Leader: Alan Simpson Could Not Get on a Jury

Slurs Toward Women, Seniors Disqualify Service on Fiscal Commission

For Immediate Release                      
August 31, 2010

The following statement was issued today by Edward F. Coyle, Executive Director of the Alliance for Retired Americans, who late last week wrote President Obama to demand the resignation of Alan Simpson as Co-Chair of the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform.  Simpson referred to Social Security as “a milk cow with 310 million tits" and told a prominent advocate for older women to, “call when you get honest work.”

"There is not a judge in this country that would allow Alan Simpson to serve on a jury if Social Security were on trial.

"Co-chairing a presidential panel is serious business.  Much like serving on a jury, it requires a fair, balanced, and honest evaluation of the evidence.  By this reasonable yardstick, Alan Simpson has disqualified himself from serving on this commission.

"Simpson’s remarks were not only deeply hurtful and inaccurate, but they clearly compromise his ability to objectively weigh the arguments presented to the commission during its deliberations.  His conduct is unbecoming someone trusted with this level of responsibility, and it is time for President Obama to replace him with someone with a greater sense of comportment and impartiality."

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