John Rother

AARP Fights Back Against Samuelson’s Characterization of Social Security

Posted on 03/8/2011 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Money & SavingsTake a look at AARP Executive Vice President John Rother’s strong response to criticism of Social Security by Washington Post’s Robert Samuelson: Our nation will need smart and fair strategies to solve its long-term fiscal challenges. Unfortunately, Robert Samuelson’s latest attack on Social Security (“Why Social Security is welfare,” March 7) smacks more of a personal obsession than an attempt to explain the many factors causing our budget problems, and the many potential ways to address them. More troubling, it …

Skyrocketing Drug Prices

Posted on 08/25/2010 by | Archived Contributor | Comments

Personal HealthAARP released a report today that finds that prices of widely used brand name prescription drugs skyrocketed last year – “skyrocketed” meaning climbed more than eight percent (8%) even while general inflation remained negative. The New York Times covered the findings here. The report – called Rx Price Watch – is the first of its kind, looking at the retail price of drugs – that is, the amount that is actually charged to consumers (and/or insurers). The findings of this …

2010 Social Security and Medicare Trustees Report Released

Posted on 08/6/2010 by | Archived Contributor | Comments

Your LifeYou may have heard the 2010 Medicare and Social Security Trustees Report was released today. Below are AARP statements on the report for those interested. AARP Statement on 2010 Social Security Trustees Report Report reaffirms program not in crisis; Modest adjustments needed to maintain critical benefits WASHINGTON – AARP Executive Vice President John Rother offered the following statement in reaction to the Social Security Trustees report released today: “Today’s report from the Social Security Trustees reaffirms that the program is …

AARP News This Morning – November 12

Posted on 11/12/2009 by | Archived Contributor | Comments

WorkA release from the Employee Benefits Research Institute today reports that paid sick leave was available to approximately two-thirds of Americans in March 2009. Specifically, 77 percent of full-time workers had access to paid sick leave, compared with 28 percent of part-time workers, and 90 percent of state and local government employees had access to paid sick leave. According to the Department of Labor’s Web site, “Generally, federal labor laws do not require employers to provide sick leave or pay …

Long-term care in health care reform

Posted on 11/4/2009 by | Archived Contributor | Comments

Personal HealthHere is a story from the Wall Street Journal today that discusses the inclusion of a long-term care benefit in the House bill. It’s a program that would pay cash to people who become disabled by way of premiums deducted from employee’s paychecks – but of course, employees would have the option to opt out of the program. The provision is meant to help with the problem that not many people have long-term care insurance if they need home care …

What's Next in Health Care Reform?

Posted on 10/24/2009 by | General News | Comments

EntertainmentFrom Barbranda Walls Health care reform may not dominate the news to the extent it did in the hot days of August, when tempers boiled over at Town Hall meetings; the balloon boy, the war in Afghanistan, and the mystery of the Northwest pilots have pushed it ever-so-slightly to the background. But it’s a complex topic that remains a major concern among AARP members, as evidenced by interest in the Vegas@50+ session “Don’t Roll the Dice: Find Out What’s Next …