Larry Kudlow Re-Affirms Trump/GOP Commitment to Cutting Social Security & Medicare

“In case there was any doubt that the White House and Congressional Republicans still want to cut Americans’ earned benefits, chief economic advisor Larry Kudlow just confirmed it. Kudlow told CNBC Monday that ‘everybody’s going to look at entitlements’ next year. This aligns with comments from National Republican Congressional Committee chair, Rep. Steve Stivers, and[…]

Trump is wrong, Dems are fighting to save Medicare and Social Security

President Trump has shown an uncanny ability to “project” issues onto his perceived foes — ascribing to them his own troublesome actions, especially when he tries to deflect bad news. That’s exactly what he did at a political rally in Montana Thursday night amidst a firestorm of White House controversies, unleashing a whopper about Americans’[…]

Senate Passes Prescription Drug Price Transparency Bill

If legislation passed by the Senate on Tuesday becomes law, your pharmacist may no longer be ‘gagged’ or forbidden from telling you crucial information about drug pricing. Many of us pay inflated prices for drugs by going through insurance, rather than paying out of pocket. A blood pressure medication might cost $20 on an insurance[…]

Stagnant Wages in Wake of Trump/GOP Tax Scam Hurt Workers and Future Retirees

Underneath the major headlines about the death of Senator McCain and the latest iterations of the Trump scandals, a theme has emerged in news coverage about how the president and his party’s policies are affecting working people. The theme is that, despite promises that the Trump/GOP tax scheme would benefit everyday Americans, real wages remain[…]

The House Fiscal Year 2019 Budget and Its Effect on Seniors

The House Budget Resolution for Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 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 2019, introduced by House Budget Committee Chairman Steve Womack (R-AR), was[…]

Misleading Media Headlines on Social Security & Medicare Finances

Reading the headlines from earlier this week, one would think that Social Security and Medicare were on their deathbeds. The latest flurry of misleading headlines came in response to the release of the 2018 Social Security and Medicare Trustees reports: Entitlements are in crisis. Trump refuses to act – Washington Post Medicare To Go Broke[…]

Draft Medicare Handbook Biased Toward Private Plans

A draft handbook on Medicare enrollment has drawn criticism from senior’s advocates – and rightly so. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released the draft for review in advance of mailing a final version to 43 million households this September. What bothers advocates is the handbook’s apparent bias toward private Medicare Advantage plans[…]

National Committee Analysis of Trump Drug Cost Proposal

The National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare is disappointed that President Trump’s proposal on drug pricing fell far short of the strong stance he took against the pharmaceutical industry’s price gouging as a candidate. In particular, the President’s proposal doesn’t allow the Medicare program to negotiate with drug manufacturers to lower the cost[…]

Seniors Dodge Devastation of Balanced Budget Amendment

“Social Security and Medicare were spared a terrible fate today when House leadership was unable to pressure 2/3 of their colleagues to vote for a Balanced Budget Amendment (BBA) to the U.S. Constitution. The BBA would have prevented Social Security and Medicare Part A from using trust fund reserves to pay benefits for millions of[…]