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[…]

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[…]