FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
October 12, 2011
AARP to Members of Congress: Don’t Cut Medicare, Social Security Benefits
AARP members hit Capitol Hill; organization launches new ad reminding Washington that 50 million seniors are watching
WASHINGTON – AARP members from across the nation visited Congressional offices today, urging their members of Congress, including “supercommittee” members, to protect current and future retirees from cuts to their Social Security and Medicare benefits. The personal visits were timed to coincide with the launch of AARP’s new national television ad, all part of the organization’s ongoing efforts to ensure that hard-earned benefits of millions of seniors are not cut as part of any deal to reduce the deficit.
“Today, our members reminded Congress that they are more than just numbers in a budget,” said Nancy LeaMond, AARP Executive Vice President. “Congress needs to understand that seniors have worked hard and paid into the system their whole lives to have secure health coverage and retirement income they can count on.”
That message was also reflected in the new national television spot, which begins running today on NBC, CBS, CNN, MSNBC and FOX News. The television ad script follows:
“I’m not a number. I’m not a line item on a budget. And I’m definitely not a pushover.
“But I am a voter.
“So Washington…before you even think about cutting my Medicare and Social Security benefits…
“Here’s a number you should remember.
“We are 50 million seniors who earned our benefits…
“And you will be hearing from us…
“Today and on election day.
“Join the fight. Tell Congress: Cut waste and loopholes, not our benefits.”
“Congress will have to make some tough choices to address our nation’s growing debt,” continued LeaMond. “But they should make responsible decisions that don’t hurt seniors and cut the benefits they’ve earned and rely on for their health and financial security.”
The Congressional visits and new television ad are part of an ongoing AARP campaign to protect Medicare and Social Security from benefit cuts as part of any “supercommittee” deal. To watch the new television ad, find out who has been sharing their personal stories, and learn more about our campaign, visit www.aarp.org/protectseniors.
AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization with a membership 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 nearly 35 million readers; AARP Bulletin, the go-to news source for AARP's millions of members and Americans 50+; AARP VIVA, 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.