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by ARA Seniors category: Politics
On July 30th, Medicare turns 48. That marks 48 years of improving the ability of seniors and people with
disabilities to see a doctor or fill a prescription. Health care is
expensive and Medicare helps --- but politicians in Washington are keeping Medicare cuts
on the table in a budget deficit deal negotiations.
The Alliance gathered stories from retirees across the country who benefit from and are grateful for Medicare but still struggle to keep up with out-of-pocket costs.
Instead of shifting costs onto beneficiaries (current proposed tactics include further means-testing, Medigap changes and increased home health copays), why not negotiate the lowest rates for prescription drugs with big pharma?
Alliance for Retired Americans and citizens across the country celebrate this landmark program this month and bring to light what damage cuts would do to populations already struggling to keep up.
We must not allow Congress to cut benefits and shift costs onto those who can least afford it, while big pharma and Wall Street make record profits. See what it's like for retirees and help @ActiveRetirees protect Medicare by encouraging Congress to co-sponsor the Medicare Drug Savings Act.
The Alliance for Retired Americans is a nationwide organization, founded in May 2001, with three million members working together to make their voices heard in the laws, policies, politics, and institutions that shape our lives. Over the past 10 years, we have grown to four million members with a primary objective to enroll and mobilize retired union members and other seniors and community activists into a nationwide grassroots movement advocating a progressive political and social agenda that respects work and strengthens families.
The Alliance for Retired Americans has state programs in 33 states and 1,700 local chapters.