PRESERVING SOCIAL SECURITY AND MEDICARE ON KZYX, FRIDAY, APRIL 5
Subject: Preserving Social Security and Medicare on KZYX; also Sen. Evans and the Willits By-Pass with Supervisor John McCowen...Friday, April 5, at 9 am
Max Richtman, president of Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare will be our guest for the first 30 minutes of this morning's show.
Then, Senator Evans will call into the show for 5-10 minutes to talk about the Willits By-Pass.
Finally, Supervisor McCowen will join me for the remainder of the show to talk about the Willits By-Pass.
Richtman is president of the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare.
Recently, Richtman wrote a letter to President Obama that Obama’s pledges regarding Social Security have been “…contradicted by statements made in recent months that both the chained CPI and Medicare means-testing remain a part of your deficit reduction proposal.
“The ‘chained CPI’ is not a ‘technical tweak, and no amount of rationalization can make it so.
“In reality, the chained CPI is a benefit cut for the oldest and most vulnerable Americans who would be least able to afford it. To offer to trade it away outside the context of a comprehensive Social Security solvency proposal ignores the fact that Social Security does not even belong in this debate because it does not contribute to the deficit. Cutting Social Security benefits to reduce the deficit is unacceptable to the vast majority of Americans across all ages and political affiliation.
“Likewise, we are concerned about proposals to raise the Medicare eligibility age from 65 to 67 and to increase the Social Security full retirement age from 67 to 69.
“Contrary to popular belief, not everyone is living longer or is able to work into their late 60s. While life expectancy has risen six years in the top half of income earners, workers in the bottom half have only gained 1.3 years.
What’s more, the bottom 40 percent of income earners depend on Social Security for nearly 90 percent of their total income. Benefit cuts through the chained CPI and delaying access to Medicare for millions of Americans would harm seniors, people with disabilities and children; and have a disproportionately negative affect on women and communities of color.
“When taken together, these benefit cuts will generate a tsunami of seniors living in poverty.”