Letter to the WCP Editor – 9.11.12

Letter to the WCP Editor – 9.11.12

Posted: Thursday, September 13, 2012 12:56 pm

To the Editor,
Over 22 million retirees have already lost their employer-sponsored healthcare coverage and another 14.3 million retirees are at risk.
With the U.S. Supreme Court ruling on the Affordable Care Act now behind us, elected officials must turn their attention to saving the healthcare of America’s seniors.
National Grandparent’s Day is this month (Sept. 9), and wouldn’t it be the right thing to do if our members of Congress stepped up to advocate for us?
In my career, I was told, along with millions of other workers, that in exchange for accepting lower pay and less vacation time, the company would fund healthcare benefits for the lifetime of our retirement.  But greedy, modern-day CEOs are going back on that financial commitment, throwing the cost onto state and federal governments and into retirees’ laps.
Congress must protect retirees and pass the Earned Retiree Healthcare Benefits Protection Act (H.R. 1322) to halt employers from making more healthcare cancellations. It is a must.
I urge our elected officials to do the right thing for America’s grandparents and I also ask retirees to join ProtectSeniors.Org, which is leading the charge to protect our health benefits on Capitol Hill.
Wilfred Coburn

WCP 9.11.12


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