Illinoisans Detest President Obama’s Chained CPI Budget Proposal

If Chained CPI is included in the President’s budget proposal, as is being reported today, President Obama is laying out a clear marker that he is willing to cut Social Security and other benefits to balance the budget, which breaks a promise he made when he was elected to office.  On September 6, 2008, Senator Barack Obama told AARP members: “John McCain’s campaign has suggested that the best answer for the growing pressures on Social Security might be to cut cost of …

FAQs: How Do Competing Budgets Compare on Health Care Savings?

From Kaiser Health News Republican and Democratic leaders from both chambers of Congress this week offered competing budget proposals that both look for savings in health care. KHN’s Mary Agnes Carey talks with Jackie Judd about what’s next for the proposals, and what President Obama could offer himself. > > Listen to the audio or read a transcript below. Jackie Judd: Good day, this is Health on the Hill. I’m Jackie Judd. Congressional budget leaders have now laid out their vision for federal spending …

Poll: Americans Want Deficit Addressed Without Medicare Cuts

By Mary Agnes Carey, Senior Correspondent, Kaiser Health News Most Americans want quick action to reduce the federal budget deficit, but almost six in 10 oppose cutting Medicare spending to achieve that goal, according to a new poll released today. Lawmakers should examine other alternatives, including requiring drug makers to give the government “a better deal” on medications for low-income seniors (85 percent) and making higher-income seniors pay more for coverage (59 percent), according to the survey conducted by the …

Your benefits are NOT bargaining chips

Well, I’m sure you all saw the shocking news yesterday: President Obama and Congress are considering cutting tens of billions of dollars from Social Security and Medicare to pay the nation’s bills. AARP’s reaction? Don’t even THINK about it! Dealing with the deficit should be a priority, but this is the bottom line: Social Security did not contribute to the deficit and should not be cut as part of any budget deal. Your hard-earned benefits are not a bargaining chip in …

The Takeaway: Debt Ceiling; Colorectal Cancer; Older Athletes

President Obama rallied Congress yesterday to get back to work on a debt ceiling deal. Last week, I posted a hypothetical from the Bipartisan Policy Center on what could happen to Social Security if lawmakers don’t make the August 2 deadline.

State of the Union – Let’s Talk

If you’re on Twitter… tonight’s a good night to follow us – or to sign up if you haven’t already… here’s a great starter guide.) We’ll be talking about the President’s State of the Union speech tonight, and what it means for Americans 50 and older. Watch the conversation here – and please join in! Tag your tweets with #sotu (and include @aarp if you want to make sure we see your tweets.) // Get the Tweet Blender widget and …