WASHINGTON, Oct. 10, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/
-- Scores of AARP members will travel to the
nation's capitol on Wednesday, October
12 for a nationwide AARP lobby day to bring
a message to their Senate and House
representatives not to make harmful cuts to
Social Security or Medicare.
The so-called congressional "supercommittee"
is currently considering proposals that
would cut Medicare and Social Security,
actions that could result in dramatic
increases in the costs of health care for
seniors, threaten their access to doctors,
and reduce the benefit checks older
Americans rely on.
"We want to send a clear message that
Social Security and Medicare cuts must
be off the table as part of any deal by
the supercommittee," said David
Mitchell, AARP Arizona State Director.
"Seniors have spent their lives working for
their Medicare and Social Security benefits
and they should not be just another
line-item in the budget. Congress instead
should be looking at closing tax loopholes
and cutting waste as ways to cut our federal
It's estimated that the average annual
income of half of Americans 65 years and
older is less than$18,500 per year. In
Arizona, 47% of people 65 and older rely on
Social Security for 50% or more of their
family income, while 141,000 Arizonans rely
on their Social Security check for 90% or
more of their family income.
In addition, Medicare beneficiaries
nationwide already pay about $3000 in out of
pocket costs per year for medical expenses.
"We're urging people to join our AARP lobby
day on Wednesday by placing a telephone call
using our AARP toll free number. The
message is simple. Tell your representative
don't cut my Social Security or Medicare,"
The AARP toll free number to call on October
12 is (888) 722-8514.
"Now is the time to contact your member of
Congress. The stakes couldn't be higher."
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welfare organization with a membership that
helps people 50+ have independence, choice
and control in ways that are beneficial and
affordable to them and society as a whole.
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older persons in need with support from
thousands of volunteers, donors, and
sponsors. We have staffed offices in all 50
states, the District of Columbia, Puerto
Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.