30 years of fighting and winning to protect your benefits
2012 – Kept the cut in Social Security COLAs and an increase in the Medicare eligibility age out of the fiscal cliff bill, and defeated efforts to continue the two-year-old Social Security payroll tax holiday that was undermining the Social Security system.
2012 – Kept a proposal to increase Medicare premiums out of the bill to extend the Social Security Payroll Tax Holiday.
2011 — Held our ground against the Congressional Super Committee negotiations to solve the federal debt crisis by cutting Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid. Thanks to our army of grassroots activists, the Super Committee adjourned without reaching consensus.
2011 — Helped win the battle to save traditional Medicare from the House Budget Committee Chairman’s dangerous proposal to privatize the program which would benefit insurance companies, at your expense, and make it harder for seniors to choose their own doctor and cut prescription drug, preventive care and nursing home benefits.
2011 — Protected Social Security and Medicare funds from being cut by a Balanced Budget Constitutional Amendment for the third time in over a decade. Our vast grassroots opposition helped turn the tide against this harmful amendment.
2010 — Fought to ensure Medicare was improved and strengthened as part of the Affordable Care Act by lowering beneficiaries’ out-of-pocket costs and closing the Part D prescription drug “donut hole” and making preventive services available to people with Medicare for free.
2009 — Spearheaded the fight again (like we did in 2008) to make seniors eligible for stimulus checks. The initial proposal for the Recovery and Reinvestment Act targeted all workers, but excluded non-employed seniors. With our successful lobbying efforts, seniors were included in the final bill. This time seniors were not required to complete any IRS filings and automatically received checks.
2008 — Led the battle to stop the harmful “Medicare Trigger” that would have imposed an arbitrary 45 percent cap on the government’s funding of Medicare. And we achieved victory, although temporary, convincing Congress to postpone this harmful provision of the Medicare Modernization Act.
2008 — Helped persuade Congress to pass the Medicare Improvements for Patients and Providers Act (MIPPA), which reduced taxpayer handouts to private Medicare plans, improved benefits for mental health and averted a 10.6 percent cut in fees to physicians who treat Medicare patients, helping to preserve beneficiary access to doctors and other practitioners.
2007 — Helped persuade the House to pass legislation strengthening Medicare for future generations and correcting many of the flaws in the Medicare Modernization Act of 2003.
2007 — Convinced Congress to increase funding levels and thereby prevent massive furloughs at the Social Security Administration. The National Committee successfully fought for increased funds, averting office closures all over the country in 2007. After continued intense lobbying, Congress approved funding for Fiscal Year 2008 at $451 million over the previous year’s level, helping speed up disability reviews.
2005/2006 — Thwarted the most serious attempt ever to partially privatize Social Security, flooding Capitol Hill with petitions and letters to Congress and the White House reaffirming seniors’ rejection of private Social Security accounts. Town hall meetings, Capitol Hill briefings, talk show appearances and our member-supported media campaign also helped erode and reverse lawmakers’ support for privatization legislation. (Today, we continue to hold the line on privatization for the 22nd consecutive year!)
2005 — Launched an aggressive campaign to protect Social Security Cost-of-Living Adjustments (COLAs) from soaring Medicare out-of-pocket costs. Under the Medicare Modernization Act of 2003, annual increases in Medicare deductibles have joined premiums in being indexed to rising health care inflation, and out-of-pocket costs will eventually consume nearly half of the average Social Security benefit check. Our campaign was successful in bringing Congress’ attention to this critical and growing issue, but we need to fight even harder to push Congress to take corrective action.
2004 — Helped save Social Security funds from being cut under a Balanced Budget Constitutional Amendment by demonstrating overwhelming grassroots opposition to H.J. Res. 22. With appeals from 1.4 million National Committee members and supporters, the Constitutional Amendment was pulled from consideration before a scheduled vote in the House Judiciary Committee!
2003 — Prevented the full privatization of Medicare by helping defeat a dangerous House bill calling for a Medicare voucher system, while continuing the fight to fix the misguided Medicare Modernization Act of 2003 that passed in its place. To date, millions of our members have signed letters and petitions to Congress urging immediate, “corrective” Medicare bills to make prescription drugs affordable and available to all seniors.
2000 — The National Committee was instrumental in earning seniors who have reached ‘normal retirement age’ the unlimited right to work without losing some of their Social Security benefits. In large part because of our efforts, the Senior Citizens’ Freedom to Work Act was passed and signed into law on April 7, 2000.
2000 — Coordinated a coalition of senior organizations’ efforts to reauthorize the Older Americans Act (OAA), ensuring continued funding for a variety of state and local programs, including meals programs, in-home support services, pension counseling programs and jobs programs for seniors. We were successful in getting this program reauthorized again in 2006.