For Immediate Release Contact: Tory Anderson
July 30, 2012 623-570-6396/AZRetiredAmericans@gmail.com
Tucson Residents: “Our Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security Systems Work for Arizona”
Tucson, AZ - Marking the 47th birthday of Medicare and Medicaid, the Arizona Alliance for Retired Americans members, leaders and community activists celebrated on Friday and Monday the programs’ successes and released a new report detailing the impact of these programs on state residents.
The new report can be accessed here http://strengthensocialsecurity.org/sites/default/files/Arizona2012final.pdf
The report details the success of these programs for Arizona and the nation. In addition to documenting Arizona residents impacted in various congressional districts and its counties; how many dollars flow into these economies in a year, the report also presents the stories of hard-working Arizonans.
These programs, like our highway system, are a solid foundation that keeps working in good times and bad. Attendees expressed concern for the wellbeing of future generations and a dedication to keeping the programs strong.
Congressman Raul Grijalva said: “Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security are cornerstones of the American success story, and we should do everything we can to make sure we continue enjoying that success. The tens of millions of Americans helped by these programs aren’t just benefits recipients – they’re our friends, neighbors and family members whose lives are made easier and more manageable. When we reflect on what this country would look like if Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security never existed, we realize how important they truly are and why we need to maintain them for the future. As we celebrate Medicare’s forty-seventh birthday, I encourage everyone to give a moment’s thought to the people it has helped and will continue to help. It is not an abstraction or an occasion for a political debate. It’s a real program that has helped Americans lead longer, healthier, less painful and difficult lives since it was enacted. It will continue to do so for as long as we remain its proud supporters.”
Doug Hart, President of the Arizona Alliance for Retired Americans said: “Retirees in our area are struggling to get by, but they know how much worse things would be without Medicare. Because of Medicare, seniors are able to pay bills, see a doctor, fill a prescription, and afford a nursing home. We will celebrate the anniversary of our Medicare system with local seniors and local leadership.”
Steve Farley, State Representative from District 28, attended the event and said: “"We've always known that Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid are good for Arizona's citizens. This report shows us that these programs are also good for Arizona's economy. We need to continue to fight to preserve these investments for ourselves, our kids, and our grandkids."
The events were attended by about 100 seniors, along with local leaders including State Representative Steve Farley, Tucson Mayor Jonathan Rothschild, Pima County Supervisor Ramon Valadez, Pima County Supervisor Elias, Tucson City Councilman Fimbres, Pima Community College Governing Board Member Vikki Marshall, local attorneys Vince Rabago and Jeffrey Rogers, staff representatives from Congressmen Barber and Grijalva’s offices, and retiree leaders from the Arizona Alliance for Retired Americans.
Seniors sang happy birthday to Medicare, and then enjoyed cake while discussing the merits of the program.