JPANet: Protect Medicare and Social Security
Medicare celebrated its 45th birthday on July 30th
and Social Security will celebrate its 75th anniversary on August 14th. Social Security alleviates poverty among the
elderly, widows, orphans, and people with disabilities, while Medicare provides
access to quality, affordable health care for older Americans regardless of
their income, health status, or where they live.
Both of these programs have proven to be among the most successful
social programs in our nation’s history, without which the poverty rates for
seniors would be 47% instead of 10%. Unfortunately, they both face the threat
of being vastly cut or dismantled, a move that could threaten the health and
welfare of many older Americans.
Some members of the bipartisan National
Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform, a.k.a. the “Deficit
Commission” (created by President Obama, and charged with creating a plan to
address the federal budget deficit), support cutting Social Security and
Medicare benefits as one means to reduce the national debt. Commissioners seem
likely to recommend raising the retirement age, cutting benefits for wealthier
Americans or expanding the Social Security tax — or some combination thereof,
as options for reducing the deficit.
The option that most Americans oppose is raising the social security
retirement age to 70 years. According to
a national telephone
poll, conducted by the University
of New Hampshire survey
Center, 78% of Americans oppose raising the retirement age, and cutting
Whether or not you agree with the likely recommendations, we have a
responsibility to let the Commission know that the needs of the most vulnerable
communities should be a priority. It is unjust to balance the budget on the
backs of our poor and elderly. There are
many potential ramifications and health consequences for women, elderly and low
and middle income persons.
Take action now! Send a letter to the
National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform and let them know that
you oppose any
recommendations that will cut or dismantle our social safety net—Social
Security, Medicare, and Medicaid.
More information and resources:
Personalize the subject and text of the message below with your own words, if you wish.
- Complete the form below with your information.
- Click the Send Message button to send your letter to these decision makers:
- Chairman Erskine Bowles
- Chairman Alan Simpson
Dear [Decision Maker],
[City, State ZIP]