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You’ve Earned a Say

Help make your voice heard

After years of paying into Medicare and Social Security, you’ve earned a say in their future. Yet for more than a year, politicians in Washington have been meeting behind closed doors to discuss changes to these programs that could affect your health and retirement security.

AARP believes you’ve earned your benefits and the peace of mind that comes with knowing that Medicare and Social Security are strong today and will be in the future. That’s why we’ve launched You've Earned a Say – a national conversation to ensure that before any decisions are made in Washington that could affect you and your family, you have a voice in the debate. 

Learn more about You've Earned a Say.

You’ve Earned a Say will provide you with information about the Medicare and Social Security proposals Washington has put on the table, both the pros and cons, without all the political jargon and spin so you can speak out and share your ideas and opinions. By making your voice heard on the future of Medicare and Social Security, you can help to protect and strengthen these programs for today's seniors and future generations.

Help you make your voice heard

  • Throughout 2012, you will be able to share your thoughts at town hall meetings, community conversations and other events in all 50 states plus Washington, D.C., the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico.
  • You will be able to share your ideas directly with your members of Congress and the presidential and congressional candidates on

Provide you with straightforward information

  • You’ll receive information on what changes Washington is considering for Medicare and Social Security so you can cut through the political jargon and spin. We lay it all out in plain language and let you decide.

Add volume to your voice

  • We are working to engage millions of Americans in this discussion.  We’ll be publishing results of a series of questionnaires, as well as providing other feedback, on and in AARP publications.  This will help amplify your voice and make sure Washington understands that Americans like you need to be involved in any debate about the future of these programs.
  • We will share information with your representatives in Congress and the White House that will include questionnaire results and feature comments collected throughout You’ve Earned a Say. 

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