Yet the deficit reduction committee's deadline fast approaching, it's still uncertain whether panel members will be able to get over their current partisan deadlock and actually do what they set out to do"”and if they fail, older Americans have a lot to lose. Plus, a new analysis finds 20 percent of all American adults are taking medication to treat some sort of mental or behavioral health problem.
AARP CEO A. Barry Rand sent a letter yesterday to the debt Super Committee asking the 12-member panel not to include Social Security or Medicare benefit cuts in its plans. And the newly-created Office of Older Americans, within the U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, will focus on stopping the financial abuse of older adults. Regulators say financial fraud costs older Americans about $3 billion a year.
Medicare, Social Security Cuts Unpopular: Red, blue or purple, Americans of all political stripes object to using Medicare and Social Security cuts to reduce the deficit. In a new national poll, 82 percent of Democrats, 73 percent of Independents and 58 percent of Republicans rejected such cuts. And while politicians often tout the unpopularity of raising taxes on anybody, even greater numbers of each group-94 percent of Democrats, 82 percent of Independents and 64 percent of Republicans - said they want to see the wealthy pay higher taxes.
Obama is proposing tax increases, war spending decreases, and cuts to programs such as Social Security and Medicare in his deficit reduction plan ... Banks are slashing interest rates and imposing more fees on checking accounts to dissuade customers ... And investigative reporter Ellen E. Schultz suggests that it was greed, not the economy, that led companies to slash employee benefits and raid workers' retirement funds.
A news flash comes out of the results of this Quinnipiac University National Poll that was released yesterday regarding the federal deficit - and more specifically, what should be done to reduce it.
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