FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
June 20, 2012
You’ve Earned a Say brings Americans’ concerns about Social Security
and Medicare to Congress
Also launches new online sharing site to help more Americans speak out
WASHINGTON, DC – Since March, You’ve Earned a Say has been taking the conversation about Social Security and Medicare out from behind closed doors in Washington and working to make sure Americans have a say in the debate about how to strengthen these programs for future generations.
Today, AARP volunteers and staff from every state visited Capitol Hill to bring the voices of Americans to their members of Congress.
“We’ve heard from more than a million people who are frustrated that Washington isn’t listening to them when it comes to Medicare and Social Security,” said AARP Senior Vice President Joyce Rogers. “They’re making their voices heard online and at community meetings and events all over the country, and today we’re bringing their messages to Washington, DC.”
In their Congressional visits, AARP members will share the results of the first round of You’ve Earned a Say questionnaires. While not scientific, the responses reflect both an understanding that securing the future of Medicare and Social Security may require some adjustments, and an overwhelming desire to be involved in the debate about how best to strengthen the programs.
A new video wall at www.earnedasay.org provides another opportunity for people across the country to share their thoughts. Users of the Share Your Say Wall can upload a photo or video message to add to the conversation about Social Security and Medicare. The web site also offers balanced information about the Medicare and Social Security options being debated in Washington, fact sheets, infographics and questionnaires designed to help Americans have their say about the future of the programs.
The Share Your Say Wall can be accessed directly at www.aarp.org/shareyoursay. Follow today’s Capitol Hill action live at www.facebook.com/aarpadvocates and www.twitter.com/aarpadvocates and #earnedasay.
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