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The Latest News on Social Security and Medicare
9/19/2016

On behalf of the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare’s millions of members and supporters, I write to endorse the Fair Accountability, and Innovative and Research Drug Pricing Act of 2016, which would require drug manufacturers to be more transparent about their justification for increases in drug prices over 10 percent. Manufacturers would be required, among other things, to report their spending on a drug’s research and development as well as their profits on a drug each year since its approval.

9/9/2016

The National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare is proud to support the “Strengthening Social Security Act of 2016,” introduced today by Representative Linda Sanchez (D-CA). She was joined today by Representatives Mike Honda (D-CA), Mark Pocan (D-WI) and Social Security advocates at a Capitol Hill news conference describing this important legislation.

9/2/2016

The National Committee’s members and supporters applaud Hillary Clinton’s plan to create a consumer response team to identify and intervene in cases where drug manufacturers are hiking costs without justification. For too long America’s drug industry has been allowed to raise prices excessively for treatments that have been available for years. The recent EpiPen 400% price hike is just the latest example of companies putting profits ahead of patients.  The sky-rocketing cost of prescription drugs is hurting average Americans, our health system and the federal budget.  

9/1/2016

On behalf of the millions of members and supporters of the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare, I write to endorse your legislation entitled the "Strengthening Social Security Act of 2016."

8/18/2016

It is estimated that there are about 11 million undocumented workers in the United States today. These immigrants come to our country to work.  They contribute to the economic health of our nation.  They also make substantial contributions to Social Security through the payroll tax, even though neither they nor their families are eligible to receive benefits.  The National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare believes that bringing undocumented workers into our national family would be beneficial for the country and good for Social Security as well. 

8/16/2016

Medicare Part D is a voluntary prescription drug benefit for Medicare beneficiaries that was established in 2003 under the Medicare Modernization Act. Prior to this law, Medicare did not offer a prescription drug benefit. In 2015, over 39 million Medicare beneficiaries were enrolled in a Part D plan.

8/10/2016

Not all of America’s seniors have cell phones that are capable of receiving text messages, and we are concerned that the new authentication requirements will mean that millions of Americans will find themselves cut off from this convenient avenue of service delivery. That’s why we urge you to move quickly to protect seniors by expanding your authentication procedures to include options that can be used by those who do not have text-capable cell phones.

8/4/2016

In truth what’s happened in recent years is that conservatives have successfully co-opted the Social Security and Medicare political debate by promising Americans they’ll “preserve” and “strengthen” these vital programs on the campaign trail, while actually proposing benefit cuts, Social Security private accounts, or coupon care for seniors in Medicare only after they’re elected.

7/23/2016

The Democratic Platform released today clearly shows that the differences between how the Democratic and Republican parties will approach the future of Social Security couldn’t be starker. The GOP platform promises to consider all benefit cut options, refuses to lift the payroll tax cap and suggests sending Americans’ earned benefits to Wall Street through privatization. The Democratic Party platform, on the other hand, offers the strongest statement on strengthening Social Security seen in decades.  By pledging to fight efforts to “cut, privatize or weaken” Social Security, supporting expansion of the program, lifting the payroll tax and exploring a new COLA formula for seniors, the Democrats have tackled head-on the critical challenges facing millions of average Americans. 

7/22/2016

"Amid all the promises and platitudes about improving our economy and addressing the fiscal challenges facing American families offered at the Republican Party’s national convention, it’s very telling that the critical role Social Security plays in average Americans’ lives was virtually ignored.  In fact, whenever the GOP referenced Social Security at all, the focus was on cutting benefits and, as suggested in the party platform, privatizing the program.  You can’t talk seriously about a strong economy without acknowledging the role our nation’s most effective anti-poverty program plays in communities from coast to coast.  That’s why release of a new online tool, Social Security Spotlight, is so important in providing vital information about Social Security’s economic impact nationwide."...Max Richtman, NCPSSM President/CEO. 

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