New Castle News

October 20, 2012

Candidates must address big retirement issues

By Staff
New Castle News

NEW CASTLE — Editor, The News:

The presidential candidates had their first debate and they both agreed that Social Security and Medicare were important.

Any meaningful discussion of the economy and this year’s election has to include the future of these critical retirement security programs.

AARP research shows that voters 50-plus are driven by economic anxieties that extend well beyond the single issue of jobs. Currently, millions of American families are counting on Social Security and Medicare to provide financial and retirement security today and for decades to come.

In March, AARP launched You’ve Earned a Say — a national conversation about how to protect Medicare and Social Security for today’s seniors and strengthen them for future generations. So far, more than 3 million people, of various ages, have engaged in this conversation about how these programs should be strengthened.

The poll found that 47 percent of voters age 50-plus are not confident that they’ll ever be able to retire and 67 percent believe the recent economic downturn will force them to rely even more on Social Security and Medicare.

Voters 50-plus think the next president and Congress need to strengthen Social Security (91 percent) and Medicare (88 percent). They also overwhelmingly (91 percent) believe that these issues are too big for either party to fix alone and require Republicans and Democrats to come together.

The next president and Congress could determine the future of Medicare and Social Security. Americans want and deserve to know the candidates’ plans for strengthening retirement security in this country.

People need to get out and vote.

Theo McCracken

Beckford Street

New Castle