Press Release

Senator Gillibrand Calls for National Health Care Reform In Tele-Town Hall Meeting with Thousands of New York City AARP Members

Apr 16, 2009

New York, NY – As part of an aggressive, two-week push for health care reform, AARP  hosted a tele-town hall event today featuring Senator Kirsten Gillibrand. The tele-town hall event, part of AARP’s campaign website, connected more than 50,000 AARP members and activists to listen in and pose questions to Senator Gillibrand. The Senator declared her commitment to fighting for national health care reform.
“AARP is doing what we do best—organizing our members to keep pushing for affordable health care choices for every American,” said AARP New York State Director Lois Aronstein. “The next few weeks will be critical to passing health care reform legislation in 2009, and connecting Senator Gillibrand to her constituents on this issue is part of the process.”
“Every generation owes the previous one a tremendous debt of gratitude, which is why I am dedicated to fixing America’s health care system to protect and improve the quality of our senior citizens lives,” said Senator Gillibrand. “I thank the AARP for their leadership in advancing the healthcare reform agenda, and look forward to continuing to work in the Senate so that all American’s have access to affordable healthcare.”
This tele-town hall is part of AARP’s campaign and is a key element of AARP’s bipartisan efforts from coast-to-coast.  AARP recently hosted a similar tele-town hall with Nancy-Ann DeParle, Director of the White House Office of Health Reform and will hold similar events with Reps. Joseph Crowley and Anthony Weiner in the near future.
AARP supports Congress finding bipartisan solutions to ensure affordable, quality health care for all.  Senator Gillibrand will talk to AARP members and answer questions by AARP’s New York Advocacy Director as well audience members. 
In addition to its own activities, AARP is hosting events across the country with other Divided We Fail organizations—Business Roundtable, the National Federation of Independent Business and SEIU.