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December 07, 2016

Retirees Launch Campaign to Protect Medicare from Privatization

Washington, DC – Alarmed by the House Congressional Leadership’s plans to dismantle Medicare, the Alliance for Retired Americans today kicked off a grass roots campaign to block any attempts to cut or convert guaranteed, earned health benefits into a voucher or privatized scheme. Speaker Paul Ryan and Rep. Tom Price, whom President-elect Trump will nominate to be Secretary of Health and Human Services, both said that they were moving to “reform” Medicare in the next Congress.

“Alliance members will use all the tools at our disposal to stop any plan to replace our guaranteed earned Medicare benefits with a system of ‘Coupon-care’ vouchers,” said Richard Fiesta, executive director of the Alliance.

Today the Alliance joined allies in delivering more than one million petitions against the Republican plan to cut and privatize Medicare to House Speaker Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.

Before delivering the petitions, Fiesta spoke at a Capitol Hill news conference with Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer, House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, Sen. Bernie Sanders and Representatives Jan Schakowsky and Ted Deutch. Representatives from several other advocacy groups also spoke against cuts to Medicare.

Alliance members will be directly lobbying members of Congress and Senators in Washington and in their home districts and stating their opposition to efforts to gut Medicare and Medicaid. More than 100 meetings have been planned so far, and the organization expects to reach 200 offices over the next few weeks.

The Alliance will also campaign online and feature dozens of personal stories about why Medicare’s guaranteed benefits are so important on its website, www.retiredamericans.org, and social media.

“Our members are irate. They paid into the Medicare system for decades, and heard President-elect Trump repeatedly promise to protect their earned health care benefits. We will fight tooth and nail to protect Medicare from all those who try to turn the earned benefits of Medicare into Coupon-care,” said Fiesta. “Medicare must be protected, preserved and expanded for future generations, not dismantled.”

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9 thoughts on “Retirees Launch Campaign to Protect Medicare from Privatization”

    1. dear sir .my name is elijah simpson. and registerd voter and a christian.let me tell you something i would not do anything to cause a hardship or depending medicare or medicaid.god above said in the bible that when you do something to somebody down here on earth to hurt someone or harm somebody you do it to me. and he said vengence is mine. and i said don’t do it beleive me i have seen a lot of god’s work.

  1. Ryan, McConnell, trump Etc., need to leave Medicare, SS alone! The citizens of America have paid from their wages for decades and continue. It is not theirs to touch or turn into vouchers. This effects our grandparents, parents, family, friends and my future and my daughters future. I guess when you are wealthy like these men you believe you are immortal & it’s unnecessary.

  2. I worked for years since a very young age and after working hard to complete my college degree in Environmental Science in 1987 I went on to work as a Manager and Director in the healthcare system. My social security and medicare benefits are not entitlements but money I paid in to the government while I worked which was matched in part by my employer. Ultimately I was forced to retire early to disability after decades of working. Like so many other I own my modest home, pay my own bills and pay for my healthcare with medicare without which I would not survive. This is not a handout. These are benefits and retirement I earned through hard work! To take this money away from senior citizens such as myself is cruel and despicable. We all are not wealthy and had to work for living. There was a time that garnered respect in America. I ask that you recognize the original intent of social security and pay back the funds that have been stolen from it for other purposes. We will voice our objections loudly and clearly to any such attempt.

  3. Leave my Social Security and Medicare alone. I paid in to the system and I should be able to collect from the system. Donald Trump said he was not going to take away or Social Security and I expect him to live up to his promise or he is no better than the rest of the people in congress

  4. SS was a contract between workers,employer and the government. Was originally a separate account. Was needed to help fund the Vietnam Nam war. That war ended 50 years ago. All monies should be returned with interest. We need a class action lawsuit.

  5. If social security was mismanaged, it is our elected officials who did this to the American people with our hard earned money. We need to get rid of the people who purpose to change our right to receive the money we paid in to that system. Leave Social Security ALONE. This money was intended for our seniors to be able to
    live out their lives with a little bit of dignity. It is our money. Congress keep your hands OFF.

  6. MS.J SAYS
    PEOPLE HAVE WORKED VERY HARD FOR DECADES, AND NOW IT IS TIME FOR THEM TO SIT DOWN AND RELAX.
    ALL OF SUDDEN, YOU RICH PEOPLE DECIDED, WE SHOULD BE POOR AND BROKE. THAT IS OUR MONEY, WE WORKED HARD FOR
    IT, THE GOVERNMENT FORCED US TO PAY INTO THIS SYSTEM, AND NOW YOU WANT TO KEEP THE MONEY, AND DISMANTLE THE SYSTEM.
    REALLY

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