October 17, 2013
Arizona Seniors Applaud Budget Deal, Brace for Next One
Concern over “Grand Betrayal” on Earned Benefits – Social Security & Medicare – in December
The following statement was issued today by Doug Hart, President of the Arizona Alliance for Retired Americans.
“The agreement by the U.S. House and Senate to fund the government until January 15, and to raise the debt ceiling through February 7 is a relief for retirees and most Americans. Senior citizens who were in a prolonged state of limbo about whether their Social Security and Medicare benefits would continue to be paid on time are relieved that the government can re-open and continue to pay its bills.
However, on December 13, we will run into another deadline to come up with a permanent budget deal.
There is real danger of a ‘grand bargain’ that would cut seniors’ Social Security and Medicare benefits ahead. Such a deal would more accurately be termed a ‘grand betrayal.’ Republicans in Congress have consistently voiced their desire to adopt the chained CPI formula change in order to cut Social Security benefits, raise the retirement age, and to cut Medicare benefits by shifting significant costs back onto seniors. These and other cuts would be incredibly unfair. It was not the veterans, the seniors, the workers, the people with disabilities, or the children who tanked our economy, and they should not be scapegoated into paying for it.
We call on our representatives to oppose any cuts in Social Security, Medicare, or Medicaid benefits, including any shifting of health care costs to beneficiaries. We should be improving Social Security, Medicaid, and Medicare benefits, not cutting them, because working people need more economic security, not less.”
The Arizona Alliance for Retired Americans is a non-profit, non-partisan grassroots statewide organization with over 40,000 members. For more information: www.retiredamericans.org