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Union Retiree News From The Alliance For Retired Americans: GOP Presidential Hopefuls Stay Silent Regarding Social Security Privatization - But Still Favor “Reform”

Also: Voters More Concerned With Curbing Drug Costs Than Scrapping Affordable Care Act; No COLA For Social Security Benefits This Year Impacts Medicare Part B Premiums; & Thousands Protest Koch Brothers Event In Columbus

Published Monday, August 31, 2015
by Alliance For Retired Americans

GOP Presidential Hopefuls Stay Silent Regarding Social Security Privatization - But Still Favor “Reform”

While Still Talking About the Need to Save Social Security by Cutting Benefits to Retirees, This Cycle’s Crop of GOP Presidential Candidates Have Been Silent On Whether They’d Support a Plan to Privatize Social Security. In 2005, Democrats Defeated a Proposal by President Bush to Allow Individuals to Invest in Private Accounts in Lieu of Social Security - an Idea Which Would Have Exposed Decades of Earned Benefits to the Volatility of the Stock Market While Depleting the Trust Fund at a Faster Rate. “While We are ‘Glad’ the Republican Contenders are Not Currently Making Social Security Privatization a ‘Major’ Talking Point, We are Still ‘Incredibly Concerned’ About Proposals to ‘Raise’ the Retirement Age and ‘Cut’ Benefits for Future Retirees,” Alliance For Retired Americans President Barbara Easterling said. “Unfortunately, I Also Continue to ‘Fear’ the ‘Idea’ of Privatization Will ‘Rear its Ugly Head’ the Next Time the Stock Market Rises.”

 

Voters More Concerned With Curbing Drug Costs Than Scrapping Affordable Care Act

A Recent Poll Conducted by the Kaiser Family Foundation Found Voters Believe Reducing Drug Prices Should be a Top Priority for the President and Congress. This Was True Even for Republicans, Two-Thirds of Whom said it is More Important to Bring Down the Cost of Drugs Through Re-Importation, Allow Medicare to Negotiate Prices and Implement Price Caps and Transparency Measures Than it is to Repeal the Affordable Care Act. “It’s Good to See a ‘Strong’ Bipartisan Consensus Building Around the ‘Need’ to Reduce Drug Costs,” Alliance Secretary-Treasurer Ruben Burks said. “The Alliance Will Continue to Fight to Make Medications ‘More Affordable for Everyone,’ Especially Older Americans Who are Often the ‘Most in Need.’”


No COLA For Social Security Benefits This Year Impacts Medicare Part B Premiums

The Recently-Released 2015 Social Security Trustees Report Assumed There Will be No Cost Of Living Adjustment (COLA) for Recipients of Social Security Benefits in 2016 Due to This Year’s Low Inflation Rate. As a Result, About 70% of Beneficiaries Will See No Increase in Their Medicare Part B Premium, Which by Law Cannot Increase if There is No COLA. However, Individuals on Medicare Part B Who Do Not Receive a Social Security Check Have High Enough Incomes to be Subjected to an Income-Related Premium Adjustment. Those Who are Dual Medicare-Medicaid Recipients Could See Their Premiums Rise by 52% or More to Compensate for the Lost Funds From the Foregone Rate Increase. About 30% of Beneficiaries are Expected to Fall Into This Category. Researchers at the Center for Retirement Research at Boston College Have Proposed Several Workarounds to This Problem, But So Far None Have Been Taken Up by Congress.

 

Thousands Protest Koch Brothers Event In Columbus

More Than 3,000 People Recently Rallied Outside the Greater Columbus Convention Center in Ohio to Protest a Two-Day Summit Hosted by the Koch Brothers-Funded Group Americans For Prosperity. The Event Itself, Called the Defending The American Dream Summit, Featured Five GOP Presidential Candidates: Jeb Bush, Marco Rubio, Bobby Jindal, Ted Cruz and Rick Perry, as Well as Hundreds of Wealthy Donors and Conservative Activists. The Rally Was Organized by the Ohio AFL-CIO With the Support of Dozens of Labor and Progressive Groups. “The Koch Brothers’ Radical Right-Wing Agenda ‘Does Not Speak’ for ‘Ordinary’ Americans and the Huge Turnout at This Rally Was ‘Testament’ to That,” Alliance Executive Director Richard Fiesta said. “We Will Continue to Work With Our Partners to ‘Vigorously Oppose’ Policies Designed to ‘Cut’ the Earned Benefits of Seniors and American Workers.”

 

 

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