Social Security, Medicare, and the health and retirement security of all Americans are our specialties. Our team of experts has decades of administrative and policy experience in dealing with the political, economic, and legislative aspects of the Social Security and Medicare programs. When you need someone to explain, “What does this really mean?” the National Committee can break it down in ways you and your audience will understand. From network newscasts and national dailies to talk radio, our policy analysts provide a regular source of information for news-gatherers nationwide. We’re available to provide that same expertise to you and your audience.
Max Richtman, President/CEO
A former staff director of the Senate Special Committee on Aging and 16-year veteran of Capitol Hill, Max Richtman is President and CEO of the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare (NCPSSM), one of the nation's most influential senior advocacy and education membership organizations. Mr. Richtman, who joined the organization in 1989, also serves as Chair of the National Committee's Political Action Committee (PAC) board, a non-partisan committee that endorses candidates for federal office who take uncompromising stands on social policy legislation which impacts the aging population.
Mr. Richtman has testified before House and Senate committees, provided expert political and policy commentary during appearances on CNN, C-Span, FOX, MSNBC, CBS and Pacifica radio networks, participated in hundreds of Congressional Town Hall meetings across the country and has been a featured speaker during numerous national and state conferences on aging.
During his congressional career, Max Richtman directed a lengthy investigation of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission's enforcement of age-discrimination statutes and developed legislation to establish a Consumer Price Index [for the] Elderly (CPIE) which if adopted, would lead to a more accurate cost of living adjustment for Social Security beneficiaries. Max Richtman was born in Munich , Germany , and grew up in Omaha , Nebraska . He graduated cum laude from Harvard College and received his law degree from Georgetown University Law School.
In addition to being appointed to the 2016 Platform Committee for the Democratic National Committee (DNC), he is vice-chair of the Seniors Coordinating Council of the DNC, a member of the National Academy of Social Insurance, Bloomberg BNA Medicare Report Advisory Board, the District of Columbia Bar and a recipient of the 2013 Gray Panthers Social Justice Award and 2014 Winn Newman Equality Award from Americans for Democratic Action.
Mike Prucker, Chief Operating Officer
Mike Prucker has been the COO of the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare since January 2013. Before that, he worked for ten years at the Palmetto Group, a boutique lobby firm, consulting for the National Committee on budget, finance, and government relations, as well as representing other clients on tax, trade and retirement issues.
Mike has 23 years of experience in the House of Representatives, having worked in the House leadership and for three members of the House on the Committee on Ways and Means, beginning as a legislative assistant specializing in tax issues in the office of Rep. William Cotter (D-CT-1). He joined the office of Rep. Barbara Kennelly (D-CT-1) as her chief of staff, and also served as Floor Assistant to the Chief Deputy Whip and Executive Assistant to the Vice Chair of the Democratic Caucus. He later served as Legislative Director for Rep. Richard Neal (D-MA-1).
Mike received his B.A. in Government from the University of San Francisco, and his M.A. and Ph.D. in Political Science from the State University of New York at Binghamton.
Dan Adcock, Director of Government Relations & Policy
Veteran seniors' advocate and policy expert, Dan Adcock, is the Director of Government Relations and Policy for the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare. Prior to joining the National Committee, Dan was Legislative Director at the National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association (NARFE).
During his 18-year tenure at NARFE, there were no legislated reductions in federal civilian retirement and health benefits. Dan helped to write, promote and enact NARFE led-legislation in September 2000 to create the Federal Long-Term Care Insurance Program. He also served as executive assistant to Assistant Secretary for Aging Jeanette C. Takamura and he has held legislative and budget analyst positions with the House Committee on Education and Labor as well as the U.S. Departments of Agriculture and Energy.
Webster Phillips, Senior Policy Analyst
Webster Phillips is a Senior Policy Analyst for the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare, specializing in the Social Security program. Web serves as a liaison with Members of Congress and their staffs and is the Social Security technical advisor. He previously had a 31 year career at the Social Security Administration, beginning as a claims representative and later as a supervisor at Social Security offices in Illinois.
In 1983, Web was selected as a management intern, and began a series of progressively more responsible assignments at the Agency’s headquarters in Baltimore, Maryland. He spent the last 20 years of his career working in the Agency’s legislative office, the last 9 of which he spent leading the SSA’s Office of Legislative Development. Web’s extensive knowledge of the Social Security program and his experience with the legislative process is critical to the mission of the National Committee as it continues to represent the interests of both current and future retirees.
Lisa Swirsky, Senior Policy Analyst
Lisa Swirsky is a Policy Advisor for the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare. She has twenty years of progressive experience at leading health care organizations including, Consumers Union, the Alliance for Health Reform and Families USA. Her work covers a range of issues including Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, private insurance and health care costs.
Ms. Swirksy has lobbied Congress and the Administration on issues related to the Affordable Care Act, drug and device safety and health care costs. She is an attorney who practiced regulatory food and drug law at the law firm of FoxKiser. She is a graduate of Northwestern University and the George Washington University Law School.
Diane Lifsey, Senior Policy Analyst
Diane Lifsey is a Senior Policy Analyst at the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare, focusing on Medicare and health care reform. She has many years of experience on Capitol Hill and in nonprofit organizations. Before joining the National Committee, Ms. Lifsey served as Legislative Assistant for Health and Aging for Senator John Glenn (D-OH) for 24 years, which included four years as minority staff director of the U. S. Senate Special Committee on Aging. Later she held government relations and public policy positions at the National Council on Aging in Washington D.C. and The International Longevity Center in New York City. Ms. Lifsey is a graduate of the American University, Washington, DC.
Phil Rotondi, Political Director
Phillip W. Rotondi is the political director for the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare, a position he has held since 2003.
Phil is a twenty-two year veteran of the United States House of Representatives where he served as a legislative director, chief of staff to two members of Congress and as a subcommittee staff director. Phil’s federal government service also includes four years in the Executive Branch with the Department of the Navy as an action officer to both the Chief of Naval Operations and the Joint Chiefs of Staff. He speaks frequently about Congress and the legislative process and he has taught government and history for District of Columbia Public Schools, Elderhostel, the Close Up Foundation and the Jewish Association Serving the Aging (JASA’s Institute for Senior Action).
Phil holds a B.A. in Political Science from American University and an M.S. in Telecommunications Policy from George Washington University. He received his secondary teaching license from George Mason University.
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Seniors Dodge Devastation of Balanced Budget Amendment
The Balanced Budget Amendment introduced by House Republicans went down to defeat Thursday night by a vote of 233-184, falling fall short of the 2/3 majority required to advance the measure to the Senate. The amendment’s demise was a relief for our nation’s seniors, because it threatened the earned benefits they have contributed to during their entire working lives.