The Kaiser Family Foundation has produced a wonderful new video, Old and Poor: America’s Forgotten. It was debuted at this week’s Senate Special Committee on Aging hearing examining the war on poverty and seniors. We consider this a must-watch, must-share video.
2015 Budget Reaction from National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare President/CEO, Max Richtman
“While the President’s budget thankfully no longer includes cuts to Social Security, his 2015 plan unfortunately still targets seniors by shifting more costs to Medicare beneficiaries through increased means-testing, premium hikes and co-pays. While some tout increasing means testing in Medicare as a way to insure ‘rich’ seniors pay their share, the truth is, the middle-class will take this hit too.
Medicare has already been means-tested since 2007 and the number of beneficiaries subject to higher premiums has been increasing. If passed, this means testing proposal targets even middle-class individuals with the equivalent income of just $45,600 – these are not ‘wealthy’ seniors by any measure. Shifting even more costs to seniors ignores the economic challenges many face just getting by day-to-day. It also exacerbates the retirement deficit g ...
We have to admit that is a headline we love to see!
For so many years now, the well-financed anti-Social Security lobby in Washington has owned the nation’s economic debate. They had a billion dollars invested to persuade Washington to pass benefit cuts for middle-class Americans to reduce deficits that Social Security and Medicare did not create.
The problem with their strategy is the American people never bought it. They didn’t then and they still don’t today. Americans of all ages and political parties simply don’t support cutting Social Security benefits to reduce the deficit. They know there are other ways to be fiscally responsible that don’t target Americans who’ve already suffered the most in this economy. Ultimately members of Congress urged the President—and he’s agreed -- to take the cost of living formula change called the Chained CPI out of his budget. The truth is, def ...
In briefings by the White House today reporters were given advance looks at the President's 2015 budget. In it are some pleasant surprises for seniors, veterans and the disabled who've been targeted with budget cuts in previous budgets.
"Last year’s Budget included policies like chained CPI - the number one policy change that Republicans had asked for in previous fiscal negotiations. However, over the course of last year, Republicans consistently showed a lack of willingness to negotiate on a deficit reduction deal, refusing to identify even one unfair tax loophole they would be willing to close, despite the President’s willingness to put tough things on the table. The offer to Speaker Boehner remains on the table for whenever the Republicans decide they want to engage in a serious discussion about a balanced plan to deal with our long-term fiscal challenges that includes closing loopholes for the wealthiest Americans and corporations, but the chained CPI provision will not be ...
Just a year and a half after it’s much ballyhooed launch, with dancing cans and supposedly serious politicos doing the Harlem Shake, Erskine Bowles and Alan Simpson’s “The Can Kicks Back” astroturf group is running out of funds.
Politico broke the story this week.
“The Can Kicks Back — which targets millennials and was conceived as a partner and affiliate of the group Fix the Debt — is running low on cash, according to emails and documents reviewed by POLITICO.
The group left a history of documents, including financial statements and internal deliberations over policy decisions, online in a Google Group that was open to public view but was recently closed. Those documents provide a peek into the day-to-day planning and operation of a modern public affairs campaign, one that publicly presented itself as driven by grass-roots energy but largely relied on big donors and wealthy Wall Street types for funding.”
“One fundraising probl ...
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