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Same-Sex Marriage Ruling Will End Social Security Discrimination for Families Nationwide

Today’s historic Supreme Court ruling touches the lives of millions of Americans and their families in many ways.  It ends the discriminatory patchwork of laws that has given some same-sex partners legal rights that were denied to their neighbors in other states.  It will also impact access to federal benefits like Social Security.  For those Americans who rely on Social Security for retirement, disability, spousal and survivor benefits this ruling finally clears the way for the universal and fair distribution of benefits to all who have earned them.

The basic tenet of Social Security is that if you contribute to the system throughout your working life, you and your family will receive those earned benefits in retirement, death or disability. Unfortunately for many same-sex couples and their families that important principle has been ignored as some states refused to recognize the marriages of gay and lesbian couples.  Today’s Supreme Court decision finally rights that wrong and clears the way for same-sex couples to access the hard-earned spousal and survivor benefits they’ve paid for just like every other American.

The National Committee has led the way in the fight to end this denial of Social Security benefits to deserving spouses. We’re proud of the role we have played with the Social Security Administration and others as part of our “Know Your Rights” project in helping same-sex couples exercise their legal right to benefits as their marriages were recognized in various states.  We now urge the Social Security Administration to move quickly to ensure all Americans nationwide can access the spousal benefits they have earned.”...Max Richtman, NCPSSM President/CEO



Obamacare Court Ruling Is Good News for Medicare Too

You could literally hear the collective sigh of relief today as millions of Americans whose healthcare was in jeopardy found out today they can keep their coverage through Obamacare.  Today’s Supreme Court decision upholding federal exchange subsidies is also good news for millions of seniors in Medicare who stand to lose billions in new benefits if healthcare reform is dismantled. 

As we have said for years now, seniors in Medicare need the Affordable Care Act.  Today’s Supreme Court ruling helps preserve this vital reform.

"Today’s Supreme Court decision impacts so many more Americans than just those in federal health exchanges created by Obamacare.  Thankfully, the Court’s ruling today preserves the many benefits and savings that Americans have received through the Affordable Care Act and avoids the damage that could have been done to our entire American health care system.

Seniors in Medicare have a stake in this debate as they will save, on average, about $5,000 over the next 10 years due to lower drug costs, preventive services with no out-of-pocket cost and reductions in the growth of health spending.  Since passage of Obamacare, more than 8.2 million people with Medicare saved over $11.5 billion on prescription drugs.  These are real people who will face real threats to their health security if the quest to dismantle Obamacare is ever successful.  No doubt the enemies of health care reform will continue their zealous mission to roll back Obamacare’s successes but today we have reason to celebrate. Tomorrow we’ll resume our fight to ensure seniors continue to benefit from the enormous savings Obamacare provides them and their families.”...Max Richtman, NCPSSM President/CEO


Standing Strong for Social Security & Medicare

The fight to defend and strengthen Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid has seemed relentless in recent years as the programs have been under almost constant assault by the billion dollar anti-"entitlement" lobby and their supporters in Congress.  For staff here at the National Committee to Preserve Social Security & Medicare it's been a challenging yet rewarding year as we have won many important battles in Washington to stop the shredding of America's social safety.  But it's not over yet.  

Here is our 2014-15 Annual Report for look back at a very important year in the fight to strengthen Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid. 

Everything Old is New Again-The Bush Bros and Social Security

Lessons from Today’s Trade Drama: Hands Off Medicare

With more drama and theatrics than your average reality TV show the House today rejected legislation that would cut $950 million from Medicare to pay for a trade provision.  The majority of Democrats correctly opposed the legislation, in spite of the President’s heavy lobbying for their support:

Obama spent roughly 45 minutes with Democratic lawmakers, taking no questions but telling his party to “vote your values,” according to a source in the room.

But Democratic lawmakers rebuffed him hours later, voting overwhelmingly to scuttle the trade package that was a centerpiece of the president’s second-term agenda. Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), who had remained silent for weeks on the trade issue, went to the House floor shortly before the vote to speak against the free trade deal.

“Whatever the deal is with other countries,” she said, “we want a better deal for America’s workers.”

 The House could re-vote on TAA next week. House Republican leaders say they have 100 votes for that bill, and Democrats need to provide 118. On Friday, Democrats provided 40, while 86 Republicans supported it. In other words, Democrats would need to essentially triple their their vote total to pass the measure.  Dems Deal President Huge Defeat - Politico

However, in the House nothing is ever simple and that vote isn’t the end of the story. NCPSSM has urged Members of Congress there is one important lesson from today’s drama – Hands Off Medicare.

“In spite of all the political sleight of hand and twisting of the legislative process into a pretzel to pass the trade package, there is one clear lesson today:  Medicare does not belong in the trade debate.  Period.  Trade Adjustment Assistance legislation failed in large part because it was burdened with a pay-for the American people simply do not support.  American workers deserve to have job training assistance through reauthorization of the TAA; however, demanding that important proposal be paid for by cutting $950 million dollars from Medicare poisoned the process.

Using Medicare to fund unrelated programs is a relatively new yet growing trend in Congress that simply must stop.  Medicare isn’t Washington’s ATM.  The American people understand this.  Hopefully, Members of Congress have learned that lesson and won’t make the same mistake again when the trade debate resumes.” ...Max Richtman, NCPSSM President/CEO

 

 


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