October 01, 2020

Retiree Organization Endorses Amy McGrath for U.S. Senate

Louisville, KY – Members of the Alliance for Retired Americans proudly announced their endorsement of Amy McGrath for election to the U.S. Senate from Kentucky today. The Kentucky Alliance for Retired is a grassroots advocacy organization with more than 62,000 members across the state.

“Amy McGrath understands the challenges facing older Americans, and Kentucky retirees can be confident that she will fight for our interests in Washington,” said Kirk Gillenwaters, president of the Kentucky Alliance for Retired Americans. “She knows that seniors have earned the Social Security and Medicare benefits they rely on, and that they must be protected. She supports strengthening Social Security by making the wealthiest Americans pay their fair share into the system, and changing the formula used to calculate annual Cost-of- Living increases to better reflect the things that seniors spend their money on.

“We can also count on Amy to fight to lower drug prices by allowing Medicare to negotiate lower prices for the life-saving prescription drugs older people rely on,” Gillenwaters continued. “Now more than ever, it is vital that we have senators and representatives in Washington who care about Kentucky seniors and vote accordingly. In 2020 voting for the right person is literally a matter of life or death.”

“I’m honored to have the endorsement of the Alliance for Retired Americans,” said McGrath. “We owe a debt of gratitude to those who’ve contributed so much to our economy and kept our country strong. Every American deserves to enjoy a secure retirement, and no one should have to worry about losing the Social Security benefits they’ve earned and paid for. In the Senate, I’ll fight to protect retired Americans’ futures and give them a strong voice in Washington.”

In sharp contrast, her opponent, incumbent Senator Mitch McConnell, has earned a lifetime score of just 9% in the Alliance’s Congressional Voting Record. As Senate Majority leader, he has blocked legislation that would significantly help retirees including bills to lower prescription drug prices by requiring Medicare to negotiate with the drug corporations and cap out of pocket health care costs for Medicare beneficiaries and provide relief for Americans who have been hardest hit by the COVID-19 crisis. Senator McConnell has also worked to cut and privatize Social Security and Medicare and repeal the Affordable Care Act, putting the health and retirement security of more than 750,000 seniors in Kentucky at risk. Repealing the ACA removes consumer protections for 34% of Kentucky residents with pre-existing health conditions and will make health insurance coverage far more expensive.

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Contact: Kirk Gillenwaters, Gillies87@att.net

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