Senior Voters Are Turning Away From Trump

Older Americans helped propel President Trump to victory in 2016, but recent polling indicates that he is now underwater with senior voters. The president’s approach to the COVID crisis seems to be driving this change. In a recent Morning Consult poll, seniors’ approval of the President’s handling of the pandemic dropped 20 points since March,[…]

Nursing Home Residents Need Federal Protection from Coronavirus

In the torrent of news coverage about COVID-19, the plight of seniors does not always receive the priority it deserves. Older people are suffering disproportionately – not only because they are more vulnerable to the virus – but because of the federal government’s apparent inability to provide the testing and data necessary to slow the[…]

The Trojan Horse of Payroll Tax Cuts is Back

President Trump is at it again — pushing a payroll tax cut that would damage Social Security and Medicare. During a press briefing Tuesday, the president revived the idea of cutting payroll taxes, ostensibly for economic stimulus. But this time, he said that he would like to make a payroll tax cut permanent. “I would[…]

Veterans Rely on Social Security and Medicare, Too

National Committee president Max Richtman joined a true champion for seniors in Congress, Rep. John Garamendi (D-CA), for a town hall with local veterans in Vacaville, California on Monday. Though veterans do receive various benefits from the military and the V.A., most still are dependent on Medicare and Social Security for a healthy and secure[…]

Trump’s Policies, Seniors, and a Town Hall with Rep. Jared Huffman

National Committee president Max Richtman brought a message of optimism and vigilance to a gathering of seniors in the San Francisco Bay area yesterday. He joined Congressman Jared Huffman (D-CA) for a packed town hall with seniors and community leaders in Mill Valley, California. Richtman warned attendees that their earned benefits could be threatened in[…]

The President’s FY 2021 Budget

On February 10, 2020 President Trump submitted his Fiscal Year (FY) 2021 budget recommendations to Congress. This budget would drastically cut programs that benefit America’s oldest — including many vulnerable — citizens. The president’s spending plan calls for deep reductions to Social Security Disability Insurance, breaking his promise not to touch Social Security. It also[…]

President Trump Pays Lip Service to Seniors’ Issues While Breaking Promises

National Committee president and CEO Max Richtman issued the following statement in response to last night’s State of the Union address: “President Trump paid lip service to preserving Social Security in his State of the Union address tonight, but obscured his true intentions regarding a program that covers 178 million workers — and which another[…]

House Passes Historic Rx Drug Pricing Bill

Thursday was a historic day in the movement to lift the burden of crushing prescription drug prices. The U.S. House passed H.R. 3 – The Lower Drug Costs Now Act – which, among other things, empowers Medicare to negotiate prices directly with drug makers. H.R. 3 also delivers a sorely-needed, $2,000 annual cap on out-of-pocket[…]

Why Millions of Senior Citizens Can’t Get Needed Medications

(source = https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-09-19/why-millions-of-senior-citizens-can-t-get-needed-medications) Senior citizens who try to fill prescriptions have them rejected at the pharmacy counter millions of times each year because their doctors either don’t, or are unable to, check whether a patient’s Medicare plan covers a particular drug. That’s the upshot of a new report from a federal watchdog that examines the[…]

Voters Say Congress Needs To Curb Drug Prices, But Are Lawmakers Listening?

(sources = https://khn.org/news/voters-say-congress-needs-to-curb-drug-prices-but-are-lawmakers-listening/) House Democrats are poised to pass sweeping legislation to lower drug prices using strategies President Donald Trump has endorsed. A Trump aide urged the Republican-controlled Senate to vote on a different package curbing drug prices that was drafted by a senior Republican. But at least right now, neither measure appears likely to[…]