AARP asks government not to cut programs


A recent announcement from the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) noted that its members will travel to Washington, D.C., in order to lobby the U.S. government to prevent Social Security and Medicare cuts.

A committee of both Senate and House of Representatives members are considering cutting costs that would directly affect those who are retired. Some of the items could limit access to doctors, lower check amounts and raise overall healthcare costs.

"Seniors have spent their lives working for their Medicare and Social Security benefits and they should not be just another line-item in the budget," said David Mitchell, AARP Arizona State Director. "Congress instead should be looking at closing tax loopholes and cutting waste as ways to cut our federal budget."

Those who use Medicare pay approximately $3,000 annually for medical expenses, according to AARP. Overall, the average earnings for a retired person is less than $19,000 each year. Nearly half of those over the age of 65 in the state of Arizona need Social Security as their primary source of income.