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AARP Disappointed with Administration’s Support of Fast-Track Commission that Threatens Medicare, Social Security Benefits for Millions of Americans

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 23, 2010
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AARP Media Relations, media@aarp.org
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AARP DISAPPOINTED WITH ADMINISTRATION’S SUPPORT OF FAST-TRACK COMMISSION THAT THREATENS MEDICARE, SOCIAL SECURITY BENEFITS FOR MILLIONS OF AMERICANS

Association engages grassroots; pledges support to work on balanced solutions to address federal budget debt

WASHINGTON, DC – AARP Executive Vice President Nancy LeaMond issued the following statement today after the President’s announcement of support for the Conrad-Gregg proposed fast-track debt commission:

“On behalf of nearly 40 million AARP members and all older Americans, AARP is disappointed by the Obama Administration’s support for a provision that would likely result in significant reductions to the Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid programs – affecting millions of Americans – without the benefit of full and open debate by accountable Members of Congress. Our organization stands firm in our commitment to supporting balanced and responsible approaches to reducing the nation’s debt, but we remain strongly opposed to a proposal that would treat Social Security and Medicare as piggy banks for debt reduction.

“The Conrad-Gregg commission could weaken the pillars of health and retirement security for all older Americans at a point in time when their importance is especially clear. In the past week, AARP volunteers have sent tens of thousands of emails to Members of Congress opposing this proposal. We expect that our members will continue to express their opposition to any proposals that do not allow for an open and transparent process.

“Congress and the Administration should not abdicate their fundamental responsibility of managing the nation’s budget and preserving the health and economic security of millions of Americans. AARP will continue to inform our members of the potentially harmful impact of this proposal, and will work with Congress to find balanced approaches to address the long-term fiscal health of our nation for all older Americans and their families.”

For more information, please visit www.aarp.org.

AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan membership organization that helps people 50+ have independence, choice and control in ways that are beneficial and affordable to them and society as a whole. AARP does not endorse candidates for public office or make contributions to either political campaigns or candidates. We produce AARP The Magazine, the definitive voice for 50+ Americans and the world’s largest-circulation magazine with over 35.5 million readers; AARP Bulletin, the go-to news source for AARP’s nearly 40 million members and Americans 50+; AARP Segunda Juventud, the only bilingual U.S. publication dedicated exclusively to the 50+ Hispanic community; and our website, AARP.org. AARP Foundation is an affiliated charity that provides security, protection, and empowerment to older persons in need with support from thousands of volunteers, donors, and sponsors. We have staffed offices in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
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