Brasmer, Nan

Nan Brasmer is President of California Alliance of Retired Americans (CARA),a statewide nonprofit organization that unites retired workers and community groups to win social and economic justice, full civil rights, and a better, more secure future for ourselves, our families, and future generations. Nan and can be reached at

Prop 33 Targets Senior Citizens for Insurance Rate Hikes

By Nan Brasmer

I am a senior citizen. I live on a fixed income. I'm voting No on Proposition 33 because it will raise automobile insurance rates on law abiding Californians like me, who have a health problem that keeps them off the road for a period of time.

Ten years ago, after living in pain for years, I had my hip replaced. I dropped my auto insurance for four months while I recovered. After all, I could not drive, and this helped me save some money.

But if Proposition 33 were the law, I would have been punished with higher insurance premiums for the next five years simply because I suspended my insurance when I did not need it. That's not fair.

CARA Seniors Speak Out Against Lethal May Revise Cuts

By Nan Brasmer

Last week, the lives of millions of California seniors were sold down the river when Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger unveiled his May revise budget, which included extraordinarily painful cuts targeting the very services that countless seniors depend on.

But not only does the Governor’s May revision fail to address any of the challenges currently facing our state, but it serves as a collective death sentence for our struggling seniors that now find themselves on the chopping block while corporate and other special interest groups are given billions in hand-outs and other “rewards” while the rest of California endures insecurity and hardship.

That’s why more than two dozen seniors from the California Alliance of Retired Americans (CARA), California’s largest grassroots senior advocacy organization representing over 850,000 seniors and their families, traveled to the Capitol on Thursday (May 20th) to deliver more than 500 handwritten letters to State Assemblymembers and Senators.