The Alliance for Retired Americans is suing the State of Texas over its recent voter suppression law, contending the law is designed to harm seniors, minorities and shift workers by making it more difficult to vote.
Richard Fiesta, the Executive Director at the Alliance for Retired Americans, joined America’s Work Force Union Podcast to discuss the lawsuit.
He also discussed the Biden Administration’s push to allow Medicare to negotiate drug prices and what that could mean for seniors.
Texas lawsuit seeks injunction of voter suppression law
The State of Texas passed an unbelievably strict voter suppression law, Stoffer said. The law eliminates drive-through voting, limits drop boxes, makes it illegal for elected officials to encourage absentee voting and allows partisan poll watchers unmitigated access to voting places where intimidation tactics could possibly be used.
The lawsuit seeks an injunction of the law. The American Federation of Teachers has signed on.
Unfortunately, similar laws are being passed all across America, Fiesta stated.
Seniors fight for lower drug prices
Fiesta also discussed efforts by the Biden Administration to change regulations that prevent Medicare from negotiating drug prices, which results in higher drug prices in the marketplace. The Alliance for Retired Americans has been fighting the rule since it came into effect under the Bush Administration in 2003.
If the rule was changed, the money that could be saved by the Medicare program could be used to fund dental and vision plans for seniors, Fiesta said. In recent polls, 90 percent of seniors support changing the rule as a common sense solution to make drug prices more affordable to all, Fiesta said.