Social Security: Fighting Ryan’s Lies and Fighting for What’s fair for older Americans in 2016-2017

Lame Duck Congress

Even before we can fully set our sights on looming threats in the new Congress, we need to take care of business in the Lame Duck session of the 114th Congress (2015-1016). And that means defending earned benefits from an 11th hour attack by those who now feel unchained after a highly contentious election to cast a vote that may not be in their constituents’ best interest. At the same time, we must put pressure on Congress to stop much higher Medicare Part B premium rates, which could impact millions of Medicare beneficiaries, from going into effect next year.

History shows that benefits are particularly vulnerable during a Lame Duck session of Congress. And so in the remaining days of the 114th Congress, the National Committee will be closely monitoring any proposal or backdoor scheme that targets Social Security and Medicare benefits to pay for deficit reduction.

Read more about looming threats to benefits here.

recent_headlineThe Results Are In!
As you know, next year, Social Security beneficiaries are bracing for a tiny 0.3% Social Security Cost-of-Living Adjustment (COLA), at a time when soaring out-of-pocket health care expenses, especially rising drug costs, are hurting the purchasing power of millions of older Americans.

And so we wanted to know:
“How will you or someone you know who is currently receiving Social Security benefits cover rising costs next year, including soaring out-of-pocket health care expenses, when the government has issued a low 0.3% COLA?” Here’s how our readers responded to our poll:

65% were unsure how they would cover rising costs.
44% would have to cut back on groceries.
30% would have to cut back on their utility use.
27% would not be able to afford all of their prescription drugs.
4% did not believe it would have much of an impact.

And many respondents offered a stark picture of exactly what they would be facing in the new year as rising costs continue to offset the average monthly Social Security check, commenting that they would have to “make use of the food banks,” “depend more on their children for financial support” or even be “forced to get a job at the age of 74” to make ends meet. The feedback from supporters like you is crucial as we advocate for a fair COLA for current and future generations of Americans.

recent_headlineAsk Us 

Did you know that a team of experts in the field of Social Security policy is available to answer your questions about benefits? For nearly 35 years, the National Committee has been helping thousands of our members and supporters with a broad range of concerns on Social Security.


Whether you’re currently retired or approaching retirement, the National Committee’s “Ask Us” section can help answer your questions about Social Security. You can either search our archives for valuable advice on a broad range of concerns at or email your question to


This week’s question is: Will I and my 16-year-old daughter continue to receive any part of my husband’s Social Security disability now that he has passed?


Click here to read the answer.

recent_headlineRecent Headlines

The Trump Conundrum: He Can’t Keep His Promise to Seniors While Also Repealing Obamacare
(November 9, 2016, The Huffington Post, Max Richtman)

After GOP wins, Paul Ryan puts Medicare in the crosshairs (November 11, 2016, MSNBC, Steve Benen)

Fact checker: Paul Ryan’s false claim that ‘because of Obamacare, Medicare is going broke’ (November 14, 2016, The Washington Post, Glenn Kessler)

How did Time magazine get this essential fact about Social Security so fundamentally wrong? (November 4, 2016, Los Angeles Times, Michael Hiltzik)

Older Americans Working Longer, Claiming Social Security Later (November 4, 2016, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, Kathleen Romig)


About eslkevin

I am a peace educator who has taken time to teach and work in countries such as the USA, Germany, Japan, Nicaragua, Mexico, the UAE, Kuwait, Oman over the past 4 decades.
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