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Why the Chained CPI is Wrong for Social Security
Posted By David Certner On April 11, 2013 @ 7:53 am In Politics | Comments Disabled
Yesterday, the President included Social Security cuts in his budget  through a proposal called the “chained CPI”. Let’s take a minute and break down exactly what that means:
The chained CPI would modify the way the cost-of-living-adjustment (COLA) for Social Security is calculated, cutting benefits by $127 billion dollars over the next 10 years alone . That comes out to over $2000 in lost benefits for the average senior.
Some have tried to defend  this unprecedented inclusion of Social Security benefit cuts in the President’s budget. Since the last Social Security package in 1983, Washington has never cut Social Security benefits. In fact, we have strong rules in place to prevent Social Security from being used as a piggy bank for deficit reduction. Yet the President’s budget choose to ignore the fact that Social Security is a separate, self-financed, off-budget program that has sufficient assets to pay full benefits for the next 20 years (and 75% of benefits beyond that time). In fact, the President blatantly breaks his earlier promise  to not cut the Social Security COLA.
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Here are the facts you need to know to refute proponents of the Chained CPI:
So what can you do? Go to www.aarp.org/whatyoulose  to calculate exactly how much your Social Security benefits would be cut – then take action. Urge your members of Congress to reject this harmful change and instead find responsible solutions that keep the promise to current seniors and future generations.
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 President included Social Security cuts in his budget: http://www.whitehouse.gov/omb/budget/
 $127 billion dollars over the next 10 years alone: http://www.cbo.gov/sites/default/files/cbofiles/attachments/Government-wide_chained_CPI_estimate-2014_effective.pdf
 Some have tried to defend: http://www.c-spanvideo.org/clip/4414584
 the President blatantly breaks his earlier promise: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BS3P_-FgiBs
 Join the AARP Politics Group: http://www.aarp.org/online-community/groups/index.action?plckGroupId=Group1472&plckGroupPage=forum
 because the current CPI actually understates inflation for seniors: http://www.aarp.org/content/dam/aarp/research/public_policy_institute/econ_sec/2013/impact-of-chained-cpi-federal-programs-fs-AARP-ppi-econ-sec.pdf
 seniors fall further and further behind the cost of living: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vDYQZr22Ikk&feature=youtu.be
 especially harmful: http://www.aarp.org/politics-society/advocacy/info-03-2013/chained-cpi-infographic-aarp.html?intcmp=AE-BLIL-DOTORG
 poll after poll: http://www.aarp.org/politics-society/government-elections/info-04-2013/older-voters-oppose-switch-to-chained-cpi.html?intcmp=AE-BLIL-DOTORG
 overall budget package: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ihUoRD4pYzI
 www.aarp.org/whatyoulose: http://www.aarp.org/whatyoulose
 What’s the Reaction to Obama’s Social Security Proposal?: http://blog.aarp.org/2013/04/10/whats-the-reaction-to-obamas-social-security-proposal/?intcmp=AE-ENDART1-BL-REL
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