As Election Day draws near and political rhetoric grows heated, AARP's support for the Affordable Care Act, known to some as "Obamacare," is once again the subject of scrutiny by some in Congress and the media. Despite what the critics may say, the simple truth of the matter is that AARP makes policy decisions based on what we believe to be in the best interests of Americans over age 50.
Today marks Social Security's 77 th Anniversary. That's 77 happy and healthy years the program has run and never missed a payment to Americans who rely on it more than ever and want it there not just for themselves but also for their children and grandchildren. But fewer jobs offer pensions and as younger Americans struggle to save for retirement, Social Security could hold even more importance, especially as more than one in three working households age 21 to 64 has no individual savings even set aside for retirement.
The left keeps screaming at the right.The right keeps screaming at the left. And for a punchline, Politico recently said that a bunch of Washington politicians have decided to meet again behind closed doors to come up with a secret deal that may or may not change Social Security and Medicare without giving Americans a say. On June 20, volunteers and AARP staff from all 50 states descended on the Capitol to meet with Senators and members of Congress from both parties to let them know what Americans think about the two programs that help give us a secure retirement.
This week former U.S. Senator Alan Simpson (R-WY) took to the airwaves of Fox News and Bloomberg Television's "Street Smart" to again deride AARP and attempt to instill panic about a solution to Social Security's long term needs. His comments willfully ignore what our members, volunteers, and hundreds of thousands of Americans have been involved in across the nation since March: a conversation on the future of Social Security and Medicare called "You've Earned a Say."
This week the Columbia Journalism Review (CJR) scolded the media for their coverage of Social Security in a piece called How the Media Has Shaped the Social Security Debate. Trudy Lieberman writes "For nearly three years CJR has observed that much of the press has reported only one side of this story using 'facts' that are misleading or flat-out wrong while ignoring others."
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