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National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare

2016 Will Be a Defining Moment for the Future of America's Retirement Safety Net

Max Richtman | Posted 12.14.2015 | Politics
Max Richtman

The 2016 elections will be a defining moment for whether America's retirement safety net stays or goes. It's critical that American voters of all ages demand that candidates for president and Congress -- Republicans and Democrats -- are held accountable for policies which will impact generations of American families.

What the GOP's Sleight of Hand Budgeting and Deflection Politics Means for Social Security & Medicare

Max Richtman | Posted 10.02.2015 | Politics
Max Richtman

The American people must not be distracted by the ongoing political show to the point that they miss the real action occurring behind the scenes.

Same As It Ever Was: The GOP's Post-Election Plans for Social Security and Medicare

Max Richtman | Posted 01.12.2015 | Politics
Max Richtman

Congress' new leadership may want to give former President George Bush a call. Not so many years ago, he believed his "voter mandate" cleared the way to privatize Social Security -- cutting benefits and putting workers' guaranteed benefits at risk on Wall Street. That didn't turn out so well for the President.

GOP Should Shut Down the Chained CPI

Max Richtman | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Max Richtman

Given the economy's slow rebound, is this really their plan to strengthen America? Is there any community which can afford to lose millions of dollars and hundreds of jobs over the next decade?

Austerity or Accuracy? Why Seniors Need a CPI-E

Max Richtman | Posted 08.13.2013 | Politics
Max Richtman

Our nation faces an impending retirement crisis yet rather than address that issue head-on; Washington is instead proposing cuts to the only guaranteed source of income for many retirees, Social Security. It simply makes no sense -- unless your true goal is austerity not accuracy.

Mr. President, Please Define 'Slash'

Max Richtman | Posted 05.21.2013 | Politics
Max Richtman

President Obama's proposal cutting Social Security benefits for both current and future retirees has once again become a deficit debate bargaining chip. However, as a consolation, the president promises he won't "slash" benefits. Mr. President, please define "slash."

Which Members of Congress Are Standing Up for Economic Decency - and Which 'Progressives' Aren't

Norman Solomon | Posted 05.13.2013 | Politics
Norman Solomon

If you don't see the name of your Congress member on that list, you live in a House district without a representative standing up for economic decency.

Democrats Are Wrong: Extending the Payroll Tax Is Neither Good Economics Nor Good Politics

Max Richtman | Posted 01.07.2013 | Politics
Max Richtman

Too many in Washington seem obsessed with using Social Security's revenues as the solution for a whole host of fiscal problems that have nothing to do with the Social Security program.

Medicaid: The Forgotten Issue

Max Richtman | Posted 12.22.2012 | Politics
Max Richtman

People should be asking -- what will happen to those 30 million or more Americans who will likely lose their Medicaid coverage during a Romney/Ryan administration? Where will they go for health care coverage?

Our Presidential Debate Scorecard Shows Viewers Were the Real Losers

Max Richtman | Posted 12.05.2012 | Politics
Max Richtman

This election will likely determine the future of America's most successful anti-poverty and retirement security programs. Few American families will remain untouched by the decisions the next president and Congress will soon make.

Race To Succeed Giffords Hinges On Social Security

The Huffington Post | John Celock | Posted 05.07.2012 | Politics

The race to succeed Gabrielle Giffords in Congress has turned into a localized debate over the future of Social Security and Medicare. Ron Barber,...

Democracy -- Washington Post Style

Max Richtman | Posted 01.09.2012 | Media
Max Richtman

It's hard to understand why a group representing millions of seniors, which expresses a viewpoint held by the vast majority of Americans of all ages, would face character assassination in the opinion pages of the Washington Post.

Promises Made and Promises Broken

Max Richtman | Posted 10.08.2011 | Politics
Max Richtman

D.C.'s "fiscal hawks" tell the average American that we can't afford to keep our promises of income security for the middle class while signing pledges promising protection for tax loopholes for corporations collecting billions in profits.

Washington Disconnect

Barbara B. Kennelly | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Barbara B. Kennelly

Angry protests aimed at Washington are an American institution as old as Congress itself but you don't have to be a political scientist to understand ...

Say NO to the Fast-Track Commission

Ashley B. Carson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ashley B. Carson

WASHINGTON, DC - On Tuesday, January 19, 2010 OWL, AFSCME Retirees, AFT Program on Retirement and Retirees, Alliance for Retired Americans, American A...

Finding the Right Health Care Reform Equation

Barbara B. Kennelly | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Barbara B. Kennelly

The challenge will be for legislators to use Medicare as a guide for enacting broad changes, and not to arbitrarily cut the government's commitment to America's seniors.

Commissions, Cuts and Crisis Calls

Barbara B. Kennelly | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Barbara B. Kennelly

While combining Social Security and Medicare programs under the "entitlement" umbrella helps create a sense of crisis, this approach offers nothing meaningful toward finding real policy solutions. The move in Congress to create an "entitlement" commission, suffers from the same flawed premise of a one-size-fits-all approach.

Let's Make a Deal Politics

Barbara B. Kennelly | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Barbara B. Kennelly

Social Security and Medicare did not bring us to this economic precipice or turn our budget surplus into record debt in just eight years, and should not be used as scapegoats.