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Obama Touts Insurance Rebates and Lower Premiums in 2014

Posted on 07/18/2013 by | Health | Comments

Bulletin Today | PoliticsBy Phil Galewitz and Julie Appleby, Kaiser Health News Ratcheting up the campaign to sell the health law, President Barack Obama delivered a speech Thursday touting how millions of individuals are already benefiting from its insurance rebates, and others who buy coverage online in states such as California, New York and Oregon will pay lower-than-projected premiums next year because of increased competition. Discussion: 78 million consumers saved $3.4 billion on ACA health insurance “Consumers are getting a hint of how much money they’re …

Obama Praises Bush, Sr. for Inspiring American Volunteerism

Posted on 07/15/2013 by | General News | Comments

Bulletin Today | PoliticsBy Darlene Superville of The Associated Press President Barack Obama welcomed President George H.W. Bush to the White House on Monday in a salute to public service and to the drive for volunteerism that the 41st president inspired with his “thousand points of light” initiative more than two decades ago.     “We are surely a kinder and gentler nation because of you,” Obama told the elder Bush, who sat in a room filled with his friends and former aides. …

Why the Chained CPI is Wrong for Social Security

Posted on 04/11/2013 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

PoliticsYesterday, 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 …

Illinoisans Detest President Obama’s Chained CPI Budget Proposal

Posted on 04/5/2013 by | All the news that matters for Illinoisans over 50. | Comments

PoliticsIf 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?

Posted on 03/13/2013 by | News | Comments

Bulletin Today | PoliticsFrom 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 …

Sequester: Doom or Snooze? 5 Points of View

Posted on 03/1/2013 by | Washington Watch | Comments

Bulletin Today | PoliticsEveryone’s got an opinion on the sequester, from “the sky is falling” to “ho-hum.” Here are a few more perspectives on the impact of the $85 billion in federal spending cuts that kick in March 1. The sequester saves Social Security. Laura Clawson on Daily Kos Daily Kos staffer Clawson makes the argument that an alternative deal to stave off sequester likely would “gut Social Security.” Social Security and Medicare benefits are protected from the automatic cuts. But she quotes Rep. …