entitlement reform

Strengthen Social Security and Medicare — Don’t “Reform” Them

Posted on 06/19/2013 by | AARP Media Relations Team | Comments

PoliticsThis initially ran in The Huffington Post. In the Washington Post this week, Editorial Page Editor Fred Hiatt writes about the need to “reform entitlements.”  Last week, AARP volunteers from every state in America came to Capitol Hill to ask their Democratic, Republican and Independent members of Congress to strengthen Social Security and Medicare by coming up with responsible solutions. Those who create the messages around recent attempts to cut Social Security benefits have also called for “entitlement reform.”  With …

What’s the Reaction to Obama’s Social Security Proposal?

Posted on 04/10/2013 by | Washington Watch | Comments

Bulletin Today | PoliticsWe knew it was coming. Still, now here, it’s causing quite a stir. President Obama’s new budget proposes a change in the formula for Social Security cost-of-living adjustments. Many Democrats are saying they disagree with their president. Many Republicans are saying they like the idea and want it implemented quickly. And advocates for older Americans are saying, “No way.” The proposed change, called the chained CPI, is a twist on the consumer price index, the formula that helps Social Security, veterans …