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The Latest News on Social Security and Medicare
1/9/2018

Tax legislation approved by the Congress and signed into law by President Trump on December 22, 2017 (P.L. 115-97) will leave Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security vulnerable to benefit cuts because of its dramatic $1.5 trillion increase in the public debt – an increase that will have to be offset in the future.  

1/9/2018

Americans contact the Social Security Administration at the most vulnerable points in their lives – upon the death of a loved one, upon retirement, or when facing a life-changing disability.   At those points, these individuals should receive compassionate, timely, and efficient service in response to their needs.

12/20/2017

Congressional Republicans have just pulled off the biggest heist in American history – transferring trillions of dollars of wealth to the rich and profitable corporations at the expense of working and middle class Americans.

12/2/2017

Senate Republicans have just given the wealthy and multi-national corporations an early Christmas present by passing the Trump/GOP tax plan, while leaving a lump of coal for seniors and almost everyone else.  The president and his party in Congress are asking the poor, middle class, and elderly to pick up the tab for trillions of dollars in tax breaks that the super-rich and profitable corporations do not need. 

11/29/2017

On behalf of the millions of members and supporters of the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare, I am writing to urge you to vote against tax legislation approved by the Finance Committee that would result in cuts to Medicare, and inevitably Medicaid and Social Security.

11/16/2017

By passing their Robin Hood-in-Reverse tax legislation today, House Republicans have sent a crystal-clear message:  the elderly, disabled, poor, and working class are no longer part of the GOP’s vision for America.  

11/15/2017

In their rush to enact a reckless tax bill, Congressional Republicans have overlooked a provision in federal budgetary law that would have immediate and devastating consequences for Medicare.

11/14/2017

The proposal in the House and Senate Republicans’ tax reform plan to move to a "chained" Consumer Price Index (CPI) to calculate increases in the tax code brackets and the standard deduction can only be seen as part of a broader plan to extend the use of this index when adjusting Social Security benefits for inflation.  It is the elephant’s nose under the tent.

11/14/2017

The resignation of HHS Secretary Tom Price in September presented an opportunity for President Trump to select a nominee who would champion quality, affordable health care for all Americans, including seniors.   Instead, he has tapped a former Big Pharma executive, Alex Azar. This is an ironic choice for a President who has pledged to lower prescription drug prices. 

11/13/2017

Voters have an opportunity to improve healthcare in Maine next Tuesday, including for older residents (age 50-64).  Expanding Medicaid would be especially beneficial to thousands of Mainers in that age group since at least 40 percent have one or more pre-existing condition.
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