Join Ron Sider: Resign from AARP


The America Association of Retired People (AARP) has about 38 million members and is one of the most influential lobbies in Washington. It has done many good things for older Americans, but it has recently used its huge lobbying muscle to block some reasonable and responsible reforms to Social Security and Medicare, including asking seniors who earn more than $85,000 a year to pay an additional $50 or $100 a month for Medicare or asking seniors who earn more than $100,000 a year to pay a modest income tax on their Social Security income.

Right now, the federal government spends $4 on people over the age of 65 and $1 on children under the age of 18. Isn't that backwards? The AARP could be a strong voice for reason and intergenerational justice, but they've chosen to lobby for short-sighted, selfish gain. Join us in telling the AARP and your representative that you want reasonable reforms that will ensure the long-term fiscal health of our nation for our children and grandchildren. We've provided a sample letter – if you're not a member of the AARP, that's okay – take just a minute to tell them why you won't ever join!


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  1. I have long felt that the suggestions Ron Sider is making are exactly the right ones. I am a senior and belong to AARP, but I feel we could do more to "shape up" Social Security and Medicare. As I watched my parents age to 98 and 93, I was personnally involved with their care. They frequently ran to the doctor for minor things that old age could not fix, and they never had co-pays to shell out nor did they get follow up bills. Their supplemental insurance and medicare covered them more than well. They could easily have paid a deductible and a co-pay at the time of service and not been hurt by it. Likewise, seniors with annual incomes that are well above the poverty line can afford to have less Social Security since they have other retirement investments to help them live well. Along with Jim Wallis's example of doing things for the common good, AARP and all of us seniors need to examine how we can do more to help balance the budget, reduce the deficit and help those with less by really dealing with abuse in these prorams. I belong to AARP, but not for long!

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