Republican Budget Seriously Slashed Medicare by $4.73B

Medicare is a fundamental tool of economic security – a guarantee that seniors will not be denied health care just because they cannot afford it. But Republicans in the House, led by Paul Ryan, just voted for a budget plan (HR553) (Roll Call Vote 552) that would gut Medicare – slashing funding for the program by …

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No Change for Social Security Combined Trust Fund Reserves Depletion Year Says Board of Trustees

Disability Fund Improves by Five Years   The Social Security Board of Trustees today released its annual report on the long-term financial status of the Social Security Trust Funds. The combined asset reserves of the Old-Age and Survivors Insurance, and Disability Insurance (OASDI) Trust Funds are projected to become depleted in 2034, the same as …

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A Call for #trump to Veto Any Cuts to Medicare & Social Security!

— by Michael Phelan, Social Security Works donald trump won’t be sworn in for two weeks, but Republicans in Congress have already begun their assault on Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid. On the first day of the new Congress, Senator Mike Enzi (R-WY) introduced a budget resolution to repeal the Affordable Care Act and set …

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Van Hollen Offers Amendment to Protect Social Security

Today Maryland Congressman Chris Van Hollen, Ranking Member of the House Budget Committee, offered an amendment during mark up of the Republican FY 2017 budget to protect  Social Security. The amendment states, “Social Security benefits will be more important to future retirees as traditional defined benefit retirement plans continue to be replaced by retirement savings …

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This Week’s Democratic Campaigns and GOP Agitprop

Joe Biden will Not Run for President Swipe Right for Hillary Bernie Sanders Explains Social Security O’Malley on the Need for New Leadership   Clinton vs. Sanders vs. O’Malley On Fixing Banking How do we fix Wall Street, a.k.a. “the banks”? How do the candidates compare? … The first place to look, of course, is …

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Bernie Sanders: Agenda for America—12 Steps Forward

Bernie Sanders, a challenger to Hillary Clinton, for President of the United States has put forth his “Agenda for America” Rebuilding Our Crumbling Infrastructure We need a major investment to rebuild our crumbling infrastructure: roads, bridges, water systems, waste water plants, airports, railroads and schools. It has been estimated that the cost of the Bush-Cheney …

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The Ryan Budget Is a Broken Record of Failed Trickle-Down Economics

By Anna Chu and Harry Stein For the past three years, House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI) has been trotting out the same conservative, top-down policies that have failed the nation’s middle- and working-class families, seniors, and the economy. The House Republican budget is built around the tenet that nearly everyone else must sacrifice …

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Grand Bargain or Raw Deal?

Many elderly Americans are close enough to poverty’s edge that Social Security cuts of any size could push them over the brink. — By Peter Hart Following the government shutdown drama, politicians in Washington appear hopelessly divided, according to conventional wisdom. Fair enough. But there’s at least one area where many politicians from both of …

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We’re Not Broke — We’ve Been Robbed

Slashing government spending now is just going to make our nation poorer. By Richard Kirsch With the Friday the 13th December deadline for a federal budget deal, the cries of “we’re broke,” and “we can’t afford to keep spending,” are ringing again. But we’re not broke and acting like we are is making us poorer. …

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Oklahoma Woman Tells GOP Lawmakers: Without Obamacare, ‘I Will Be Dead Before My 27th Birthday’

BY TARA CULP-RESSLER ON OCTOBER 7, 2013 26-year-old Kendall Brown [CREDIT: COURTESY OF KENDALL BROWN] As the deadline approached for Congress to pass a continuing resolution to keep the government funded, Republicans refused to strike a deal unless it defunded or delayed Obamacare. Now, a week later, GOP lawmakers still seem unwilling to compromise unless they are able …

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