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Senator Schumer Speaks to 4,900 AARP Members Pledging Bipartisan Action on Nation's Health and Economic Crises
Date:1/13/2009

Senator Schumer among 360 senators who have signed the Divided We Fail pledge

NEW YORK, Jan. 13 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Today Senator Charles Schumer joined AARP to deliver a powerful message to thousands of AARP members pledging to work with President Barack Obama and the new Congress to solve the nation's health care crisis and economic downturn. Senator Schumer spoke to 4,925 New Yorkers in a telephone town hall meeting this afternoon from his office in Washington, DC.

"Since the 2008 Election, the country has undergone an unprecedented financial crisis, which has only deepened the effect that skyrocketing health care costs have had on American families, including the 46 million Americans -- 2.5 million in New York State -- with no health insurance," said Lois Aronstein, AARP New York State Director.

"These daunting issues can only be solved by all members of Congress working together for the American people. That is why we thank Senator Schumer for committing to Divided We Fail and for acknowledging his constituents' appeal for answers and accountability to solve these national problems."

"National problems require national solutions, not one-party politics or Washington in-fighting," said Senator Schumer. "I took the Divided We Fail pledge in 2007 because I am committed to bringing all ideas, all viewpoints, and people from every party to the table to tackle our nation's most demanding problems. First and foremost must be getting our economy back on track and reforming our health care system so that everyone has access to preventative health care and life-saving treatments, regardless of income or employment status. I am proud to partner with Divided We Fail in that effort, and look forward to working with my colleagues to find real solutions to these challenges."

For almost two years, four of the most influential and dissimilar organizations in the nation -- AARP, the Business Roundtable, SEIU, and NFIB -- have joined in Divided We Fail to find bipartisan solutions to ensure affordable, quality health care and long-term financial security for all Americans. To date, more than 360 Members of Congress, including Senator Schumer, have committed to putting aside partisan differences and working with the new administration and Congress to take action on the nation's broken health care system and economic security crisis

Today launched the next phase of Divided We Fail. Joining with its partners, AARP is hosting more than 50 events in nearly every state to educate and engage the public about issues of health reform and economic security. Divided We Fail will also present to lawmakers more than 1.6 million pledges signed by supporters from across the country.

Since its formation in 2007, Divided We Fail has organized nearly 1,000 local events including 500 "Community Conversations" to inform Americans about the options to address health care and financial security and gather new ideas from the public. Volunteers in their red Divided We Fail shirts became a fixture on the campaign trail, showing their support from the early primary states to Election Day.

"Even now -- amid a broken health care system and one of the worst economies in memory -- we have the chance of a lifetime to resolve both crises if we can commit to breaking through the political gridlock and moving the nation toward a solution," said Aronstein.

Divided We Fail

It's time we ensure health and long-term financial security for all. That's why AARP, Business Roundtable, the Service Employees International Union and the National Federation of Independent Business, are leading Divided We Fail, an initiative to give voice to millions of Americans who are tired of letting Washington gridlock stand in the way of affordable, quality health care and long-term financial security -- the most pressing domestic issues faction our nation. Common sense solutions are needed, and everyone -- individuals, businesses and government -- has a role and a responsibility in ensuring health and financial security for all. Go to www.dividedwefail.org to learn more.


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