We need Medicare, Social Security

Amy Kinosian says much we all need to hear in her letter to the Mukwonago Public Forum

We need Medicare, Social Security

To the editor,

Seniors, beware!

Congress is currently considering changes to both Medicare and Social Security that will cost seniors thousands of dollars each year. Paul Ryan has proposed turning Medicare into a voucher program — Medicare would be eliminated, and seniors (or their children) would have to shop for private insurance each year. The government would give each senior a “coupon” for income-based reductions in premium costs; however, this plan would require seniors to pay thousands of dollars each year in premiums, deductibles and out-of-pocket costs.

One study estimated that this plan would double the amount that seniors pay for health care costs each year! Simultaneously, Ryan wants to repeal the Affordable Care Act, which would allow insurance companies to again refuse to insure people with preexisting conditions (like most seniors) and set maximum limits on coverage.

The head of the House subcommittee responsible for Social Security just recommended that cost-of-living increases be reduced and that benefits for middle income seniors be cut. Ryan also supports privatizing Social Security, which would require seniors to depend on Wall Street hedge fund managers to manage the “safe” portion of our retirement plans. If this had been in place in 2008 when the recession hit, millions of seniors would have lost their entire retirement savings.

People forget that there was a time when millions of American seniors lived in poverty, alone or with their children. Let Congress know that these two programs should be fixed, not destroyed.

Amy Kinosian

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It’s 2005 All Over Again… But Ten Times Worse

It’s 2005 All Over Again… But Ten Times Worse

*President-elect Trump, who promised not to touch Social Security and Medicare during the campaign, advocates reform on his transition website and nominated a fervent privatizer, Rep. Tom Price, as Secretary of Health and Human Services.  His second in command, Governor Mike Pence, is a well-documented privatization proponent. We can’t count on Mr. Trump to protect current and future Social Security beneficiaries.

 

There is no question the struggle will be harder than it was in 2005.  The political climate is more hostile.  The forces aiming to destroy our treasured social insurance programs are more insidious. The stakes are higher.  But we can protect Social Security and Medicare and keep them solvent for the future without cutting benefits for millions of Americans if we organize, mobilize, and make our voices heard on Capitol Hill.

Together, we can stop this war on the working class

What Can I Do?

czbfpiovqaarz8aOn a day like today, you might be feeling a need to do something more. If you read the headlines, then you know that Donald Trump has not made a single appointment that can be characterized as friendly to Medicare. In fact, the people he has put forth to lead in areas that impact Medicare and Social Security seem bent on destroying these programs. What do you do when it appears that the full weight and authority of the Executive Branch is against you and against programs that provide essential support for those you love

Here are some ideas:

Get to know The National Committee to Preserve Social Security an Medicare The National Committee has been doing Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid advocacy since 1982.

Sign this petition to urge congress to stop STOP Bullying Americas Working Class

There are several Medicare and Social Security petitions available. Sign those when you see them and feel free to share a link to them in the comments section.

If having a voice in Washington is something that you feel will aid in the survival of Medicare, then you may want to consider joining The National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare

http://www.aarp.org/  is another organization that advocates for Social Security and Medicare. You may know of other advocacy groups. If so, please share a link in the comments section. The Republican party has made it abundantly clear that it intends to dismantle Social Security and Medicare. They  control the House, the Senate and the White House. We need all the friends and allies we can gather to say #HandsOffMedicare.

Trump promised during the election not to cut Social Security or Medicare, but it seems like he’s about to renege

Mick Mulvaney, Donald Trump’s choice for budget chief, wants to cut Social Security and Medicare

President-elect Donald Trump promised to protect Social Security and Medicare during the election, but if his pick for director of the Office of Management and Budget is any indication, that will be another promise that he won’t keep.

Trump’s pick for budget chief is not Good News for Medicare, Social Security

Trump’s pick for budget chief could signal major shift on Medicare, Social Security

A review of the bills Mulvaney has introduced reveals a strong appetite to cutting government spending, especially Medicare and Social Security. He has repeatedly pointed out that both entitlement programs are headed for bankruptcy and must be reformed.

Social Security ‘raise’ is an embarrassment

Robert Pagels identifies the reality for many of our senior citizens living in retirement. The increase in the Social Security benefit exactly covers the increase he will have to pay for his Medicare coverage. Meanwhile, the cost of everything else continues to rise.

Ideally, retirees are able to supplement their income from Social Security with additional income from a pension or 401k. Unfortunately, many Americans who will be retiring in the next 10-20 years have not saved enough to adequately supplement their Social Security benefit in retirement. A March 2015 research report published by the National Institute on Retirement Security (NIRS) came to some pretty stark conclusions about America’s retirement readiness. The report points out that the average household holds a retirement savings balance of just $2,500. More concerning is the report’s indication that over 45% of American households have no money in a retirement savings account. Unfortunately, many Americans are relying entirely on Social Security and Medicare to live on in retirement. This reality makes Republican efforts to privatize Medicare and cut Social Security all the more cruel.

Social Security ‘raise’ is an embarrassment

Recently, like other senior citizens, I was notified we would receive a 0.3 percent cost of living increase in our 2017 benefit. Wow, what good news after years of little or no increases!

But wait, the cost of Medicare is also increasing. Lo and behold, the result is that the monthly amount that will be coming in 2017 is the same as 2016. Well, I guess that means there will be no increases in the price of food, utilities, health insurance, doctor and drug co-pays and other everyday living expenses.

Robert Pagels

Nothing more

Janet Shaw laments the reality that many seniors face when they depend on Social Security and Medicare in their retirement years. Not an ideal situation, but it is where many find themselves. Republicans should not be allowed to make a challenging situation more difficult for Americans who have worked hard all their lives.

Nothing more

Is this laughable or not?

My Social Security new benefit amount notice came. Because of a “rise in the cost of living” my increased benefit of 0.3 percent equals just enough to cover the increased Medicare monthly premium and nothing left for me. My increased cost of living was needed to pay the government for me.

Of course I can’t live without Medicare so I am just so grateful to be able to continue contributing my fair share to the Medicare increased premium.

Happy New Year!

JANET H. SHAW