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The Latest News on Social Security and Medicare
5/4/2017

The National Committee strongly condemns the American Health Care Act (AHCA) just passed by the House, which needlessly puts the healthcare of millions of older Americans in jeopardy. “Despite the bill’s name, risking the health of our nation’s most vulnerable citizens to give the wealthy an $880 billion tax cut is tremendously uncaring --- and does not reflect real American values,” says Max Richtman, President and CEO of the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare. “In modifying the original AHCA bill to give reluctant Republicans political cover, the House leadership made a bad piece of legislation even worse.”

5/4/2017

On behalf of the millions of members and supporters of the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare, I write to urge you to vote against Representatives Tom MacArthur and Mark Meadows’s and Representative Fred Upton’s respective amendments to H.R. 1628, the American Health Care Act (AHCA), and to oppose the underlying bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA). 

5/3/2017

Media reports have been circulating in Washington for the last few weeks that the Trump Administration is considering a proposal to eliminate the payroll tax.  Since this tax is used exclusively to fund Social Security and Medicare, its elimination would be tantamount either to ending these two vitally important programs or converting them into welfare programs where retirees’ benefits would be subject to the whims of Congress and the vagaries of the legislative process. 

5/1/2017

May is Older Americans Month, but the Trump administration and Congressional Republicans are putting a serious damper on the celebration. Yes, candidate Trump promised not to touch Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid.

4/20/2017

Max Richtman the President of the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare or NCPSSM was also in attendance Wednesday. The two talked about the need for Social Security in Montana as the NCPSSM says that over 200,000 Montanans benefit from Social Security and 148,000 benefit from Medicare.

4/12/2017

Missing from the Post’s reporting is the fact that most applicants for Social Security disability benefits are denied. Less than 40 percent of adult applicants are approved under the strict disability standard. Many are terminally ill.

4/5/2017

The National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare enthusiastically endorses the Social Security 2100 Act, which was introduced today in the U.S. House by Congressman John Larson (D-CT-1).  The bill would keep Social Security solvent into the next century while increasing benefits and cost-of-living adjustments --- and giving millions of seniors a tax break.

4/3/2017

The future of Medicare and Medicaid may depend on Sen. Charles Grassley. He is one of a handful of Senate Republicans who could serve as a firewall against harmful changes to these crucial programs that Iowa seniors rely upon.

3/31/2017

According to a new poll commissioned by our organization, 79% of likely voters support increasing – not cutting – Social Security benefits.

3/29/2017

The future of Medicare and Medicaid may depend on John McCain. He is one of a handful of Senate Republicans who could serve as a firewall against harmful changes to this crucial program that Arizona seniors rely upon.

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