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Petitions Help Bring the Voices of Americans into Social Security, Medicare Discussions

AARP delivers millions of signatures to House Ways and Means Committee

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

August 9, 2013

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Petitions Help Bring the Voices of Americans into Social Security,
Medicare Discussions

AARP delivers millions of signatures to House Ways and Means Committee

WASHINGTON, D.C. – This morning, AARP volunteers delivered more than 2.3 million signed petitions expressing Americans’ opinions about potential Medicare and Social Security changes to the House Ways and Means Committee.

“As Members of Congress, and this committee in particular, consider proposals to reform these vital retirement security programs, it is critical that they hear from the people who have paid into Medicare and Social Security and rely on their benefits,” said John Hishta, AARP Senior Vice President of Campaigns. “Americans want to have a voice in any changes to Medicare and Social Security and today millions of them have made their voices heard.”

Of the petitions delivered today, more than 1.5 million specifically referenced the proposal to adopt the chained consumer price index for calculating Social Security cost-of-living allowances. The Committee had set a deadline of August 10 for public input on this proposal. These petitions read, in part:

“I’m writing to express my strong opposition to the chained CPI proposal in your budget. My retirement shouldn’t be part of your grand bargain… I urge you to keep Social Security and chained CPI off the table in the budget discussions and consider the impact this harmful policy would have on seniors for generations to come.”

Other petitions delivered today urged support for the Preventing and Reducing Improper Medicare Expenses (PRIME) Act and other measures to reduce costs across the health care system.

“Rather than making harmful cuts to balance the budget, we should be looking for responsible solutions that will strengthen Social Security and Medicare for the long term,” concluded Hishta. “As budget discussions continue, AARP will continue our fight to ensure today’s seniors and their kids and grandkids can rely on these vital programs.”

 

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