Senate Republicans Hand Expensive Holiday Present to Those With Everything

“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[…]

Seniors, Working Class Will Pay for the Price of House GOP Tax Bill

“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. This craven giveaway to the wealthy and big corporations at the expense of everyone else flies in the face of public opinion, basic[…]

GOP Tax Bill Would Trigger Devastating Cut to Medicare

“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. Because the GOP tax plan blows a hole in the deficit, it would trigger automatic budget cuts under the little-known “PAYGO law” – including a $25 billion[…]

President Trump’s HHS Nomination A Bitter Pill for Seniors

“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[…]

FY 2018 House Budget Resolution and Its Effect on Seniors

The House Budget Resolution for Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 would make cuts to the Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security programs and repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA), actions which would be harmful to millions of Americans. The House Budget Resolution for FY 2018, H. Con. Res. 71, introduced by House Budget Committee Chairwoman[…]

House Leadership Recklessly Pursues Privatization of Medicare in Budget Process

Other Proposed Cuts in GOP’s 2018 Budget Will Hit Seniors Especially Hard Congress is targeting the health and financial well-being of America’s seniors by making yet another attempt to privatize Medicare. Today the House Budget Committee is marking up the GOP’s FY 2018 budget resolution, which includes Speaker Paul Ryan’s “Medicare premium support” scheme –[…]

Analysis of the 2017 Medicare Trustees Report

The 2017 Medicare Trustees Report shows that Medicare solvency remains greatly improved since the enactment of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), with the Hospital Insurance Trust Fund paying full benefits until 2029. Implementation of payment and delivery system reforms that emphasize coordinated care especially for people with multiple chronic conditions, incentives to reduce the rate[…]

Senate Trumpcare Bill Still Mean to Seniors and Must Be Defeated

“The Senate’s version of the American Health Care Act (AHCA) is an exercise in political expediency that does nothing to safeguard access to quality healthcare for older Americans. President Trump rightly called the House-passed bill ‘mean’ and lacking ‘heart.’ Unfortunately, the Senate bill is only marginally less mean in some ways, and even more heartless[…]

New CBO Report Confirms: GOP Healthcare Bill is a Huge Setback for Older Americans

Twenty-three million people will lose health insurance in the next decade under the American Health Care Act (AHCA) according to the latest Congressional Budget Office (CBO) report. The CBO analysis concludes that the AHCA benefits the young and healthy at the expense of older and sicker Americans. The report indicates that “near seniors” (aged 50-64)[…]

Trump & GOP Should Do More than Pay Lip Service to Older Americans Month

May is Older Americans Month. It began in 1963 as “Senior Citizens Month” by proclamation of President John F. Kennedy. His proclamation half a century ago was not only an acknowledgment of seniors’ contributions to society, but an inspiring call to action: “I urge all persons and public and private organizations to cooperate in its[…]