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March 05, 2018

Retiree Group Endorses Conor Lamb for U.S. House

Cites His Commitment to Protecting Earned Social Security and Medicare Benefits

Members of the Pennsylvania Alliance for Retired Americans proudly announced their endorsement of Conor Lamb for election to the U.S. House of Representatives from Pennsylvania’s 18th Congressional District today.

“Conor Lamb will work to expand and protect our earned benefits, including Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid and the Miner’s Pension Act,” said Dwayne Thomas, President of the Pennsylvania Alliance for Retired Americans. “We trust him to be the leader on retirement security issues that Pennsylvanians deserve.”

During the recent League of Women Voters’ debate, Lamb’s opponent, Rick Saccone, falsely claimed that Social Security and Medicare “are going broke” and “need reform.” In fact, according to the programs’ trustees, Social Security has enough funds to pay full benefits until 2034 and the Medicare Trust Fund for hospital care has sufficient funds to cover its obligations until 2029. “Saccone’s false and misleading statements about Social Security and Medicare, combined with his support for House Speaker Paul Ryan, who is committed to reducing benefits and increasing the Medicare eligibility age to 67, make him the wrong choice for retirees,” said Thomas.

In contrast, Mr. Lamb has stressed a strong commitment to strengthen and expand Social Security and Medicare for current and future generations and also tackle the rising cost of prescription drugs.

“Conor Lamb knows that Social Security and Medicare must be strengthened, not cut or privatized,” said Mr. Thomas. “The average Social Security benefit received by a retired worker in Pennsylvania is just $16,727. The high price of medicines is taking a larger and larger share of that each year. Electing leaders who will fight for retirees is essential.”

The Pennsylvania Alliance for Retired Americans has more than 300,000 members in Pennsylvania.

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www.pennretiredamericans.org @activeretirees

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