January 19, 2017
How We are Fighting for Your Retirement Security
On Sunday, January 15, seniors from across the country participated in more than 70 “Our First Stand” events in support of health care. Alliance members were out in force to show their support for health care for all Americans.
The events represented a monumental show of opposition to the GOP’s rush to repeal the Affordable Care Act without a replacement. Among its other benefits, the ACA provides seniors with free preventive care, closes the prescription drug doughnut hole and protects those with pre-existing conditions.
Perhaps one of the most heartfelt comments of came from Gina Rombly, a small business owner from Rhode Island who said that her mother, who was diagnosed with stage 3 uterine cancer. She would not have received the excellent treatment she did without the Affordable Care Act, commonly called Obamacare.
“I want to thank President Obama for trying to keep Obamacare,” she said. “I wouldn’t want to lose a parent over something that could have been treated. I depend on this. My daughter depends on this. And my parents depend on this.”
Some Alliance members have been to Capitol Hill in person to make their case. Alliance members have spoken at press conferences and forums with key members of Congress, telling in detail what Medicare cuts would mean for them given their circumstances, including Jody Weinrich of Pennsylvania and Diane Fleming of Washington, D.C.
The Alliance will continue to fight against efforts to cut programs that are critical to millions of Americans — especially any changes to Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security.