A. Gardner Young Jr., Member, Executive Council AARP CT Stonington
After attending Congressman Joe Courtney's town hall on April 11, it's obvious that residents feel strongly about protecting Medicare for current retirees and future generations. As citizens who have paid into programs like Medicare and Social Security our entire working lives, we deserve to have a say in the debate about possible changes to these programs.
That's why AARP is helping to make the voices of ordinary citizens heard through an effort called "You've Earned a Say." Over the next several months, AARP will be seeking out the opinions of Connecticut residents and all Americans through events in local communities, voter forums and online at www.earnedasay.org.
If you are wondering why you should join this conversation, it is because your health and retirement security are at stake. Medicare is facing financial challenges, especially due to ever-rising costs in the broader health care system. Social Security is facing a shortfall of funds beginning in 2036.
The next president and Congress could make decisions about these programs that would affect you and your family for years to come. AARP is working to make sure your voice is heard. After all, when it comes to the future of Social Security and Medicare, you've earned a say.