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Union Retiree News From The Alliance For Retired Americans: Alliance Draws Attention To Benefits For Seniors On Affordable Care Act Anniversary & Obama, Romney Differ On Plan To Cut Medicare, Medicaid

Published Thursday, March 29, 2012 11:00 am
by Alliance For Retired Americans

Alliance Draws Attention To Benefits For Seniors On Affordable Care Act Anniversary

The Alliance For Retired Americans marked the two-year anniversary of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) by holding 26 Community Events around the Country, spotlighting new Medicare Benefits and educating Seniors on where Elected Officials and candidates stand on Health Reform. “The Affordable Care Act is helping Seniors across the Nation better afford to see a Doctor and fill a prescription.  The three-point-six-million Seniors with the highest drug costs have already saved an average of six-hundred dollars on their prescriptions.  Thirty-two million Seniors have received free, life-saving tests for chronic diseases.  The Law is closing the ‘Doughnut Hole’ coverage gap in Medicare Part D, an egregious example of pharmaceutical company profits being placed ahead of the Health Care needs of our Seniors,” Alliance President Barbara Easterling said.  In St. Louis, Missouri Alliance Members were joined for an event featuring Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius. The Nevada Alliance held roundtables and press conferences in Henderson and Las Vegas.  The North Carolina Alliance held a roundtable in Wendell, North Carolina.  Additional events included four educational events with Seniors and Students in Arizona; press conferences in Cape Coral, Florida; Dallas; Indianapolis; Pittsburgh; and across Wisconsin.  The New York State Alliance held a press event in Albany.  Roundtables also took place in Denver, as well as in Des Moines, and Waterloo, Iowa.  The Illinois Alliance protested at U.S. Representative Aaron Schock’s office in Peoria and the New Mexico Alliance held Truth Squads and presentations across New Mexico.  The Washington State Alliance hosted cancer screenings in Gig Harbor, as well as additional events in Spokane and Renton, Washington.  The Oregon Alliance held an educational event at U.S. Representative Kurt Schrader’s Office.  Other State Chapters also celebrated the anniversary by helping to educate Seniors about the benefits available to them through the ACA.  Bob Meeks, an Alliance Member from Brandon, Florida, joined House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, Minority Whip Steny Hoyer and Assistant Democratic Leader James Clyburn for a press conference on Capitol Hill. “In 2011, my monthly drug costs of twelve-hundred dollars a month went to between six-hundred dollars and eight-hundred dollars a month while I was in the Doughnut Hole.  This has been a huge help to me and my wife,” said Meeks of the ACA.


Obama, Romney Differ On Plan To Cut Medicare, Medicaid

President Barack Obama and Republican Presidential Candidate Mitt Romney sharply disagree on a budget proposal by U.S. House Republicans that would dramatically change Medicare and Medicaid while lowering taxes on corporations and wealthy Americans.  The GOP Presidential Candidate praised it as “bold and exciting,” while a White House spokesperson called it “a recipe for destroying Medicare as we know it.  It is not a plan that this President could support.”  MD/DC Alliance President Frank Stella spoke at a rally against the plan and Alliance Executive Board member Bill Cea joined Vice President Joe Biden at an event in Florida to highlight the Administration’s opposition.  “Under the proposal, Seniors would be given vouchers to either buy Health Coverage in the costly Private Insurance Market or purchase it from a Medicare Program that would be made more expensive by the exodus of younger, healthier Retirees,” said Ruben Burks, Secretary-Treasurer of the Alliance.  The plan would also cut spending on Medicaid and turn it over to cash-strapped states, jeopardizing the only way over 70% of Seniors are able to afford long-term or Nursing Home Care.  The budget plan, authored by U.S. Representative Paul Ryan (Republican-Wisconsin), has been approved by the House Budget Committee and is expected to be voted on by the full House this week.  Also, on the same day that Romney endorsed the Ryan plan, one of his top economic advisors, Greg Mankiw, was forced to apologize for a joke he shared on his blog about deporting Seniors to lower Social Security and Medicare costs.  For the Alliance’s latest fact sheet on the Ryan budget, go to


New Congressional Voting Record Now Available On The Web

The Alliance’s 2011 Voting Record is now available at  The annual report details the voting record of every U.S. Senator and Representative on key issues affecting current and future Retirees. This year's voting record examines the roll calls on issues such as Health Care Repeal; the Paul Ryan budget; and a balanced budget amendment.  


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