This Monday, several members of the Alliance for Retired Americans from the Maryland, Missouri, North
Carolina and Virginia chapters attended a White House Community Leaders Briefing on Seniors Issues.
Judith Parker, a senior and a field coordinator for the Missouri Alliance for Retired Americans, spoke from the heart about her personal experiences with Medicare. New York AFSCME retiree Stuart Leibowitz also served as a panelist at Monday’s briefing, discussing the importance of preserving Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security.
Ms. Parker shared that “Because of Medicare, I am free of fear and worry about my coming health care needs,” and went on to explain the quality care her mother and husband received because they had access to Medicare benefits. Full remarks here.
In an interview after the White House briefing, Stuart Leibowitz said, “Who can afford the price of major surgery?" "It is impossible for anybody – unless you’re in the top 1 percent – to pay your own bills with respect to major surgery.”
Vice President Joe Biden followed by calling out GOP leaders for having “different values” when it comes to critical issues such as Social Security, health care, and Medicare at the White House Community Leaders briefing on senior issues. Biden pointed to Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) and the Republican House Budget, saying that the GOP would sacrifice the well-being of seniors for the sake of tax cuts.