February 16, 2023

Arizona Alliance for Retired Americans Media Mentions February 16

Alliance Mentions

GOP hopefuls’ past positions on Social Security loom over 2024 primary
Isaac Arnsdorf
The Washington Post, February 9, 2023

As a member of Congress, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis earned a score of 0 percent in the Alliance’s Congressional Voting Record. Excerpts from the article also appeared in the Democratic National Committee blog.

‘They Can’t Be Trusted’: Advocates Say Don’t Buy GOP Applause for Social Security
Jake Johnson
CityWatch Los Angeles, February 9, 2023

Alliance Executive Director Rich Fiesta was quoted regarding House Speaker Kevin McCarthy’s (CA) insistence that the GOP has no intention of pursuing cuts to Social Security and Medicare. The article also appeared at Alternet.

Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren Introduce Social Security Expansion Bill
MyChesCo (Chester County, PA), February 14, 2023

The Alliance is one of the organizations that has endorsed the Social Security Expansion Act, legislation introduced by Sens. Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren and Representatives Jan Schakowsky and Val Hoyle.

Supervisors move to transfer election duties to county recorder
Shar Porier
Herald/Review (Cochise County, Arizona), February 15, 2023

A voting rights lawsuit filed by the Arizona Alliance regarding the hand counting of votes is mentioned.

Priorities USA: Supports Wisconsin Alliance for Retired Americans’ legal intervention in defense of mobile voting truck – WisPolitics
Wisconsin Politics, February 15, 2023

Priorities USA supports the Wisconsin Alliance’s intervention in Brown v. Wisconsin Elections Commission, a lawsuit to protect the use of a mobile voting vehicle in Racine, Wisconsin. Marlene Ott, President of the Wisconsin Alliance, is quoted.

Merkley, colleagues introduce bill to bar tax breaks for corporations outsourcing jobs
KTVZ (NBC-TV, Bend, OR), February 15, 2023

The Alliance is one of the organizations that has endorsed legislation to stop the continued exporting of American jobs.

Letter to the Editor

Opinion | Why are Democrats whispering on the debt ceiling?
The Washington Post, January 27, 2023

Missouri Alliance member Martin Walsh writes that every Democrat should be shouting from the rooftops so that Republicans do not destroy Social Security and Medicare.

Election 2024

Ron DeSantis once expressed support for privatizing Social Security and Medicare giving his rivals an opening
Andrew Kaczynski and Em Steck
CNN Politics, February 9, 2023

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis expressed support for privatizing Medicare and Social Security in 2012, giving political rivals who have pledged to protect the programs an opening to attack him ahead of DeSantis’ expected run for president in 2024.


Opinion | The G.O.P.’s Long War Against Medicare and Social Security
The New York Times, February 13, 2023

Columnist Paul Krugman writes that believing Republicans do not want to eviscerate Social Security and Medicare requires both “willful naïveté and amnesia about 40 years of political history.”

How seniors could lose in the Medicare political wars
Julie Rovner
NPR, February 16, 2023

Many Republicans want Medicare to shift to a “defined contribution” program, in which beneficiaries would get a certain amount of money to finance as much as they can — and would be on the hook for the rest of their medical expenses.

Distrust over GOP plans for Social Security, Medicare marks rocky start to budget talks

Mike Lillis
The Hill, February 15, 2023

Republican leaders vowing to protect Social Security and Medicare benefits as part of the coming budget battles are running into a wall of skepticism across the aisle, lending a rocky start to the high-stakes debate over the future of federal spending.

GOP races from Medicare, Social Security third rail
Al Weaver and Mike Lillis
The Hill, February 10, 2023

Social Security and Medicare remain the unquestioned third rails of American politics as Republicans back away from their decades of calls to slash the popular senior benefits.

Social Security

As Social Security’s full retirement age moves to 67, some experts say it should not go higher
Lorie Konish
CNBC, February 12, 2023

The full retirement age for Social Security is transitioning to 67 and eligibility for coverage under Medicare currently starts at age 65. However, one Republican proposal has suggested pushing those ages higher.

Can these lawmaker proposals save Social Security?
Aris Folley
The Hill, February 12, 2023

Lawmakers have unveiled several proposals to help shore up solvency for Social Security, including raising the taxable wage cap.

How Americans evaluate Social Security, Medicare, and six other entitlement programs
Linley Sanders
YouGovAmerica, February 08, 2023

A poll shows that many government programs are popular with Republicans and Democrats alike — with starker partisan division about funding and what it takes to qualify for the programs.


If Medicare And Social Security Are Off The Table, Medicaid Could Be A GOP Target
Jonathan Cohn
HuffPost, February 10, 2023

Medicaid is big and a longtime object of Republican ire. It’s also a lifeline for tens of millions, many of whom are not the people you think.

Prescription Drugs

U.S. proposes Medicare, Medicaid programs to cut drug costs, including $2 generics
Ahmed Aboulenein
Reuters, February 15, 2023

The U.S. health department proposed on Tuesday three new pilot projects aimed at lowering prescription drug prices for people enrolled in government health insurance plans, including offering some essential generic drugs for $2 a month.

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