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,[…]

Summary of Key Provisions in the House-Passed HEROES Act

On May 15, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 6800, the Health and Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Solutions (HEROES) Act. The House-passed bill builds on previously enacted coronavirus relief legislation by providing older Americans and people with disabilities with additional financial and medical assistance that will help them survive the COVID-19 pandemic. While the[…]

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[…]

Fourth Stimulus Must Advance Seniors’ Financial & Health Security

Pandemic ‘Ratchets Up’ Need for Long-Sought Improvements As Congress prepares to construct a fourth stimulus package, a leading seniors’ advocacy group is calling for more to be done to help older Americans survive the COVID-19 pandemic, both physically and financially. The National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare has sent a letter imploring members[…]

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[…]

Stimulus Package Provides Relief for Seniors in Time of Crisis

But Employer Payroll Tax Credits Could Harm Social Security Older Americans will receive urgently-needed financial and medical assistance from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act. This legislation goes a long way toward helping America’s most vulnerable population – seniors – to survive the COVID-19 crisis. The historic relief package ensures that seniors[…]

Seniors Shouldn’t be Sacrificed for the Economy – or Anything Else

Listening to President Trump and some of his political allies, you might think that the lives of society’s most vulnerable members in this pandemic were less important than the economy – especially seniors. While the president was in a rush to restart normal economic activity by Easter (against the advice of the nation’s top health[…]

Trump lets it slip again: He wants to cut ‘entitlements’

When it comes to Social Security and Medicare, President Trump can’t help saying the quiet part out loud: he would like to cut both programs, despite his campaign promises to protect them. During a town hall on Fox News last night, moderator Martha MacCallum asked the president whether he would cut ‘entitlements’ to reduce the[…]

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[…]