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Statement of AARP’s John Rother in Receiving Award for Outstanding Achievements in Social Insurance


June 22, 2010


AARP Media Relations, 202-434-2560,

Statement of AARP’s John Rother in Receiving Award for Outstanding Achievements in Social Insurance

WASHINGTON –AARP Executive Vice President John Rother released the following statement in advance of tonight’s celebration for the Robert M. Ball Award, which he will receive from the National Academy of Social Insurance (NASI):

“I’m deeply honored to receive this award, named after a friend and mentor to me. This year is the 75th Anniversary of Social Security’s enactment, and it has taken vigilance, backbone and compassion to keep this lifeline program strong and reliable for tens of millions of Americans who depend on it today.  Bob Ball was central to that effort for most of his long career, and he has inspired me to carry on that important cause.

“Bob recognized the importance of bipartisan support for the program. I first met and worked with him as staff to Sen. John Heinz (R- PA) during his service on the Greenspan Commission. Today, it’s even more important that leaders work across the aisle, especially at a time when the economic downturn and the deficit are putting great pressure on Social Security’s finances.

“The importance of social insurance and Bob Ball’s leadership is even clearer today.  Social Security, Medicare, and health reform provide increasingly important protections for Americans from all walks of life – for the 75 year-old widower who is thankfully living longer than his father did; for the 62 year-old professional who is rebuilding her retirement nest egg after the recession left it in pieces; and for the 24 year-old recent college graduate for whom the traditional pension will be as much a relic of history as the typewriter. We must all work to keep these programs strong so that they can play a vital role in the quality of life for millions of Americans today and tomorrow.

“It is essential for American families that we preserve a strong Social Security program.  This is one goal that all of us, Democrats and Republicans alike, can agree on.  This is one goal that we must not fail to achieve.  It is the one goal that is worth honoring and celebrating today.”

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