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How Has Social Security Changed Lives? In Millions of Ways

Posted on 08/13/2013 by | Grassroots Advocacy | Comments

PoliticsAugust 14th marks the 78th anniversary of Social Security. Let’s take a look at how Social Security has influenced people’s lives over the years: On August 14, 1935, at 3:30 p.m., President Franklin Delano Roosevelt signed the Social Security Act into law. In 2012, about 57 million people received some sort of Social Security benefit. Social Security’s average retirement benefit is a modest $1,268/month. Social Security is a family program that keeps more than 1 million children under age 18 …

Chained CPI Petitions Delivered to Capitol Hill: 1.5 Million Say No

Posted on 08/9/2013 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

PoliticsFifteen cardboard boxes. Ten thousand pages. And about 1.5 million people who want to be heard signed their names on one or more petitions, for a total of 2.3 million signatures. A group of AARP volunteers — known as the Capitol Hill Strike Force — descended on the U.S. Capitol this morning to deliver their messages to the House Ways and Means Committee. “As members of Congress consider proposals to reform these vital retirement security programs, it’s critical that they …

Happy Anniversary, Medicare!

Posted on 07/30/2012 by | Chief Volunteer | Comments

Personal HealthPresident Johnson didn’t hold back when he signed Medicare into law 47 years ago. He said: No longer will older Americans be denied the healing miracle of modern medicine. No longer will illness crush and destroy the savings that they have so carefully put away over a lifetime so that they might enjoy dignity in their later years. Everywhere I go as chief volunteer spokesperson for AARP, I run into people who tell me how important Medicare is in real …