WASHINGTON–(ENEWSPF)–August 11, 2011. AARP CEO A. Barry Rand offered the following statement after the House and Senate nominated members of the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction:
“AARP looks forward to working with the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction to ensure that the health and retirement security of current and future generations is protected. We recognize the extremely difficult task and decisions that this committee must undertake, and it is our sincere hope that it will work in a bipartisan manner that respects the needs of all Americans who are coping with the challenges created by these very trying times.
“Seniors have worked their entire lives to achieve a level of health and economic security in retirement. With the compounded effect of loss of retirement savings—particularly through the recent market fluctuations over the last two weeks—and home equity, high unemployment and rising health care costs, cuts to the benefits seniors have earned could undermine the standard of living today and for future middle class generations.
“Americans want Medicare, Social Security and Medicaid to be strengthened as part of a broader conversation around health and economic security, not one focused solely on deficit reduction. AARP believes that the American public deserves a seat at the table in any forum, including the newly created super committee, and we ask that members of the new committee actively solicit input from people across the country, particularly older Americans.
“We look forward to working with our elected leaders to strengthen health and retirement security, not weaken it, for current and future generations.”