NEW BRITAIN, CT - On Thursday, the National Alliance for Retired Americans announced their endorsement of Elizabeth Esty for Connecticut’s 5th Congressional District. The endorsement was announced at a celebration of Social Security’s 79th anniversary at the AFSCME Council 4 office in New Britain. The Alliance for Retired Americans represents over 4.3 million retirees and community activists across the country, including more than 72,000 in Connecticut.
“Elizabeth Esty’s strong positions on fighting Social Security and Medicare privatization and strengthening Social Security and Medicare confirm her commitment to improving the quality of life for older Americans,” said Richard Fiesta, Executive Director of the National Alliance for Retired Americans. “Her leadership on issues such as preserving and protecting Social Security and Medicare from privatization and benefit cuts ensures these programs will be around for current and future generations. Alternatively, Elizabeth Esty’s opponent, Mark Greenberg, supports House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan’s budget initiatives like ending Medicare as we know it, dramatically cutting Medicaid, and creating a fast-track procedure for cuts to Social Security – all while keeping the Bush tax cuts and tax breaks for the wealthiest Americans and corporations. Mark Greenberg’s support for privatizing the Medicare program would dramatically increase out-of-pocket costs for seniors’ health care and put insurance companies in control of care.”
“I’m honored to receive the endorsement of the National Alliance for Retired Americans today,” said Elizabeth Esty. “It’s wrong to balance the budget on the backs of our seniors. Seniors have earned these benefits after lifetimes of hard work, and they deserve to know they’ll be there for their retirement security and for their children and grandchildren’s future. Unlike my opponent Mark Greenberg who wants to privatize Social Security and voucherize Medicare, I’ll continue to stand up against any attempts to cut or dismantle these lifeline programs."