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CWA Retirees: ‘The Price is Not Right’

The Alliance for Retired Americans (ARA) is rolling out a grassroots, national campaign to block proposed cuts and changes to Medicare that Republicans plan to pursue.

CWA retirees and other ARA members are pushing back against proposals by Rep. Tom Price (R-GA), who has been nominated to head the Department of Health and Human Services and who supports privatization of the Medicare program that millions of seniors depend on.

Members of the CWA Retired Members Council are telling Congress to keep its hands off our Medicare. CWA-RMC President Ray Kramer said the message is clear: "no coupon schemes to shift Medicare costs to seniors, we don’t need coupon-care."

ARA, an organization of AFL-CIO with 3 million union retirees and members, joined a "Hands Off Medicare" news conference with Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (NY), House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (CA), Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and others, vowing to fight the plan to privatize Medicare. Rep. Tony Cárdenas, (D-CA), said, "We are Americans, we do not insist that our seniors starve or live in pain."

So far, ARA and allies have delivered more than 1 million signature petitions against the privatization scheme to Senator Mitch McConnell and House Speaker Paul Ryan, and will be lobbying representatives in Washington and in their home districts to expand Medicare, not cut it.

Take action! Sign the petition here.

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