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AARP: Social Security and Medicare are critical programs, must be strengthened

AARP Executive Vice President Nancy LeaMond offered the following statement in response to media coverage of the Association’s advocacy and outreach work:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

November 18, 2012

CONTACT:

Tiffany Lundquist

202-434-2560 or media@aarp.org

AARP: Social Security and Medicare are critical programs,

must be strengthened

Washington, DC – AARP Executive Vice President Nancy LeaMond offered the following statement in response to media coverage of the Association’s advocacy and outreach work:

“Social Security and Medicare provide the foundation of retirement security in America and must be preserved and strengthened for today’s seniors, their kids and grandkids, and future generations. AARP has worked tirelessly for decades to protect these programs, and today we are fighting to stop cuts to Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security as part of a last-minute budget deal.

“Through You’ve Earned a Say, AARP has engaged millions of Americans of all ages in a conversation about how best to put Social Security and Medicare on stable ground for the future. At more than 4,000 events nationwide and on-line at earnedasay.org, participants have heard about the challenges facing the programs and learned the facts about proposals on the table in Washington – the pros and cons, without political spin or jargon.

“What we’ve heard through this effort is that our members and older Americans who have paid into Medicare and Social Security believe any adjustments to these programs should reflect their views. They want to know how any changes would impact them and their families. And across party lines, they oppose their benefits being cut to reduce the deficit.

“Social Security and Medicare face long-term financial challenges that must be addressed, and we have urged elected officials to confront the program’s challenges in a way that is fair for current seniors and future generations. What is needed is an open and meaningful debate about strengthening retirement security in this country, and responsible solutions which reflect the values and needs of current and future generations.

“Older Americans care deeply about reducing the deficit and about strengthening our economy and we’re hopeful a deal can be reached to protect taxpayers and reduce unnecessary government spending. But raiding Medicare and Social Security to pay for other government programs is shortsighted and harmful to seniors and their kids and grandkids.

“On behalf of our 37 million members and all Americans, AARP will continue to fight for an open, thoughtful public discussion about how to strengthen bedrock retirement security programs, and against a rushed end-of-year deal that will hurt the economic security of Americans of all ages.”

AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization, with a membership of more than 37 million, that helps people 50+ have independence, choice and control in ways that are beneficial 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 Americans 50+ and the world's largest-circulation magazine; AARP Bulletin, the go-to news source for the 50+ audience; AARP VIVA, a bilingual lifestyle multimedia platform addressing the interests and needs of Hispanic Americans; and national television and radio programming including My Generation and Inside E Street. The 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. AARP has staffed offices in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Learn more at www.aarp.org.

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