NCPSSM Takes the Lead
The National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare has released its letter to the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction. In it, they urge the Joint Committee to fully consider the importance of Medicare to America's seniors.
"To summarize, our nation does not have a Medicare spending problem, it has a health care cost growth crisis. Cutting Medicare alone shifts costs to a segment of the population least able to bear it, and will ultimately result in access issues as seniors find health care increasingly unaffordable. Finding additional methods for slowing cost growth system-wide will not only help the economy as workers and their employers need to invest fewer resources to cover rapidly escalating health care costs, but will ultimately slow the growth of Medicare and other federal health programs as well."
This is a very informative letter, and I recommend it to you. I also recommend that YOU contact the Joint Committee and inform them directly of your thinking. It's easy. Simply go to the Joint Committee Web site. Click on "Write to us Today." It's an opportunity you should not miss. Lifft your voice, exercise your right to free speech.
Also From NCPSSM
Citing a recent letter from Social Security's Chief Actuary, NCPSSM notes that "The [Social Security] analysis highlights that there is virtually no way for the panel [Joint Select Committee] to use Social Security cuts to meet its target without harming current beneficiaries."
"One of the most cynical approaches used by those who’ve been advocating Social Security benefit cuts for decades has been to argue that as long as we don’t touch current retirees’ benefits (ie, [sic] protect the politically active senior voter) slashing Social Security would be an easier sell politically. Problem is … that view may sound good tossed around in a think-tank boardroom but it just doesn’t wash out in the real world."
No Progress from the Joint Committee
"With a Thanksgiving deadline fast approaching, a powerful congressional panel devoted to debt reduction is running in rhetorical circles, unable to break the impasse over taxes that has long blocked aggressive action to tame the national debt. Though the committee’s 12 members have been meeting for nearly two months in closed-door sessions, lawmakers, aides and others involved in the process say they have yet to reach consensus on the most basic elements of a plan to restrain government borrowing."
Clearly, this group is not "progressive." They eschew progress.
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