Faced with mounting pressure to put the clamp on a hemorrhaging federal budget deficit, the White House unveiled Monday a $3.7 trillion budget highlighting a plan that aims to cut more than $1 trillion over the next decade. So what does this mean for you?
- Social Security remains unchanged for the most part. “Social Security is a solemn commitment to America’s seniors that we must preserve,” Obama said today.
- “Doc Fix,” revisited. Obama’s budget would delay by two years the 25 percent Medicare reimbursement cut to doctors. How? By cutting $62 billion from other health care programs.
- Home energy help. The subsidized Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program that helps seniors and lower-income families heat their homes would be cut in half – from $5 billion to $2.5 billion.
Last year’s bipartisan deficit commission aimed for deeper cuts in the deficit with recommendations that included:
- - raising the retirement age to 69 in 2075;
- - higher out-of-pocket expenses for Medicare patients.
Much to the chagrin of Republicans keen on cutting spending, President Obama’s new budget has disregarded those recommendations.
Recent national voter polls show Democrats and Republicans alike are loathe to touch treasured entitlement programs – especially those that affect people over 50 – but at the end of the day, something has to give.