Fight for our seniors
This Sept. 11 is National Grandparents Day. While some grandparents across our nation might get a telephone call or a note from a loved one, it is more important to focus on more crucial issues facing older Americans.
Retirement and how to afford it, is one critical issue that concerns seniors. Our healthcare costs have soared. A new study by Fidelity says couples need $260,000 in retirement just to pay our end of Medicare premiums and out-ofpocket medical costs.
These high medical costs are why it’s necessary that retirees have a loud voice in Congress, in Washington, D.C., and in our own state capitals, to fight to preserve the healthcare and earned retirement benefits we earned.
Members of Congress are paying more attention this year because election season is the perfect time for seniors to stand up and be heard. They want our votes. Suddenly, we’re visible.
I’m a member of the nonprofit group ProtectSeniors.Org, which advocates for retiree protections. It is critical for all retirees to get behind this retiree protection group to save their hard-earned benefits. This year and next, let’s hope that Congress does more for America’s grandparents than just sending a “Grandparents Day” card. Leonard Bryant, Waldorf