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Union Retiree News From The Alliance For Retired Americans: Affordable Senior Health Insurance To Supplement Medicare & The White House Details How Health Care Reform Helps Every State

Also… Midwest Regional Meeting Focuses On Threat To Voting & Collective Bargaining Rights

Published Wednesday, March 14, 2012 11:00 am
by Alliance For Retired Americans

Affordable Senior Health Insurance To Supplement Medicare

Affordable insurance supplemental to Medicare is available through the Retiree Health Plan endorsed by the Alliance For Retired Americans for Union Retirees.  The Open Enrollment period is currently in effect through April 30th, 2012.  During this period, these Medicare-Eligible Retirees and their Spouses are guaranteed acceptance with no waiting periods, regardless of pre-existing health conditions.  If you have questions or would like to enroll in the program, please call 1-866-298-9111.  You can also visit to get more information.


White House Details How Health Care Reform Helps Every State

The White House has released data detailing how the Affordable Care Act – Health Care Reform - helps residents of every State.  To see how your State benefits, go to


Midwest Regional Meeting Focuses On Threat To Voting & Collective Bargaining Rights

Threats to Voting Rights, Collective Bargaining Rights and Retiree Benefits in Wisconsin and across the Midwest were a major topic of a three-day training session for 150 Alliance Members in Milwaukee last week.  Guest speakers and workshops educated retirees on the latest developments - as well as media relations and organizing - needed for success in the 2012 Elections that are now eight months away.  The AFL-CIO’s Julie Greene gave everyone State-Specific Fact Sheets on Voter Changes.  Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett said that Wisconsin's Collective Bargaining Law and Voter Law Changes are bad for Democracy, which he said should be “the ultimate participatory sport.” Wisconsin AFL-CIO President Phil Neuenfeldt gave a fiery report of Wisconsin protests and the upcoming Recall Elections of Governor Scott Walker and four Republican State Senators.  He praised Retirees for standing side-by-side with Workers and Students.  Matt Rothschild, who serves as Editor and Publisher of Progressive Magazine, said Walker badly misjudged the power and popularity of Labor in Wisconsin, as well as the State's long progressive tradition.  Bruce Colburn, Director of the Health Care Reform Campaign at the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), said Labor has been succeeding in making the statewide debate about the future of the Middle Class. Other speakers included: Alliance For Retired Americans President Barbara Easterling; Alliance Secretary-Treasurer Ruben Burks; and Richard Fiesta, who serves as Director of the Department of Government and Political Affairs, and who gave an overview of the 2012 Congressional Races in the Midwest, were also well-received.  


Romney Wins Six States On Super Tuesday, But Questions Remain

Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney won six of the 10 States that voted last week in the race to become the Republican nominee for President.  Romney won Ohio, Virginia, Alaska, Massachusetts, Vermont and Idaho on Super Tuesday, but political analysts focused sharply on his slim margin of victory, 38% to 37%, over the second-place finisher in Ohio, former U.S. Senator Rick Santorum.  Santorum won Tennessee, Oklahoma, and North Dakota, while former House Speaker Newt Gingrich won his home State of Georgia.  U.S. Representative Ron Paul did not win in any of the states.  Romney still faces heat over his Health Care stance during a campaign stop in Ohio early last week.  Supporters and critics alike slam Romney for his muddy explanations on the differences between his 2006 State-Mandated Health Care Reform as Governor of Massachusetts and President Obama’s 2010 Health Care Overhaul.  A resurfacing of his 2009 Op-Ed article in USA Today highlighted many key benefits of his State Plan that would benefit citizens at the Federal Level.  To access the 2009 Op-Ed piece, go to  According to the news wire service Reuters (, Labor concerns in Ohio have created a hostile political climate in a State that could lead to a small advantage for President Obama and the Democrats going into the 2012 campaign season. After voters overturned Republican Governor John Kasich’s law attempting to limit Collective Bargaining Rights for Unions, Ohio Democrats have seen increased support from party supporters as well as from some Republicans who disagree with some of the proposed Social and Economic Policies, similar to the so-called Reagan Democrats of the 80s.


U.S. Representative Donald Payne - A Strong Advocate For Seniors - Passes

U.S. Representative Donald Payne (Democrat-New Jersey) has died following a months-long fight with colon cancer, his family announced last week.  Payne, the first African-American to represent New Jersey in Congress, was 77.  “Representative Payne will be missed in Congress for both his leadership and his pro-Retiree voting record,” Alliance Secretary-Treasurer Burks said.  Representative Payne had a 99% lifetime voting record with the Alliance.


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