RYANCARE: Individuals between 50 and 64 years old with lower incomes would make up a larger share of the uninsured

Insider’s Report: Repeal of Affordable Care Act will affect Medicare beneficiaries

The Congressional Budget Office just released their analysis of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) repeal legislation and found that 14 million people will lose their health insurance next year. Individuals between 50 and 64 years old with lower incomes would make up a larger share of the uninsured. In addition, premiums for older people will rise dramatically under the repeal legislation beginning in 2019.

Despite this scathing report, the House of Representatives is rapidly moving forward with their reckless repeal of the ACA. Yet, the replacement legislation would not only leave millions without insurance, it would also weaken Medicare’s solvency, leaving this vital program vulnerable to benefit cuts and dangerous privatization schemes. In addition, the ACA repeal bill would threaten seniors’ access to Medicaid’s long-term care benefits, and require “near seniors” to pay more for less health care coverage.

The winners of the ACA replacement are the young, the wealthy and the insurance companies. The losers are the elderly, the poor and the sick. And this legislation would give mainly the wealthy a $600 billion tax cut over ten years!

Bottom line: the House ACA repeal bill puts seniors and people with disabilities at significant risk of ending up uninsured or losing access to needed care. By pitting the young against the old, the wealthy against the less fortunate and the healthy against the sick, proponents of this awful bill use the same tactics they employ in attempting to cut Social Security and Medicare. Under this new plan, millions of Americans will not be able to afford the health care they need.

If the ACA repeal bill is approved as is, millions of Americans will not be able to afford essential health care! That’s why the National Committee is working with our allies in Congress and our million+ members and supporters across the country to ensure the congressional majority keeps our government’s commitment to Medicare and the millions of retirees and working Americans who are counting on their earned benefits for a secure and healthy retirement.

Read more here.

Please consider making a donation now to help us keep the pressure on Congress. Your continued support is essential to the National Committee’s mission of protecting your earned benefits.

recent_headlineGood Bills 

The National Committee endorses the “CPI-E Act of 2017” H.R. 1251, introduced by Rep. John Garamendi (CA-03), which would require the use of the Consumer Price Index for the Elderly (CPI-E) for the purpose of determining the Cost-of-Living Adjustments (COLAs) of a broad array of federal retirement programs, including Social Security.
Current measures of inflation fall short in that they do not adequately take into account the rising costs incurred by retirees in consumer categories such as housing and health care. Using a fully developed CPI-E will ensure that benefits for retirees are not diminished by rising costs of goods and services that seniors disproportionately consume.

The National Committee has long advocated for the adoption of the CPI-E for the purpose of determining COLAs because it is the most accurate measure of the real effect of inflation on the goods and services that are purchased by America’s seniors. H.R. 1251 represents a bold step on behalf of seniors by safeguarding the future value of their Social Security, federal, civilian and military retirement, and veteran’s benefits.


Read more about the CPI-E here.

recent_headlineThe Results Are In! 

Two weeks ago, we asked readers to weigh in with their opinion on the following question: How concerned are you that the Fiscal Year 2018 House Budget Plan will include devastating cuts to Social Security and Medicare? On a scale of 1 to 10, (“1” being least concerned; “10” being most concerned), the majority of respondents indicated “10” for most concerned.

As the critical budget process gets underway, the National Committee is ramping up pressure on lawmakers and President Trump to reject any plan that tries to balance the budget on the backs of hardworking Americans and retirees or tries to turn over control of guaranteed benefits to Wall Street bankers or wealthy insurance companies!

With your help, we’ll continue to remind our elected officials about the overwhelming importance of Social Security and Medicare for millions of Americans and their families.


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 www.ncpssm.org/AskUs or email your question to askus@ncpssm.org.


This week’s question is: I know that Medicare is deducted from your Social Security check at age 65. If I retire at 62, is Medicare deducted also?


Click here to read the answer.

recent_headlineRecent Headlines

How Will Proposed Health Care Law Affect Seniors
(March 8, 2017, WNYC, Audio Clip)

House GOP Leadership Puts its Health Care Proposal on Fast-Track (March 12, 2017, Woonsocket Call, Herb Weiss)

Bill would change equation for seniors when calculating COLAs (March 2, 2017, Federal News Radio, Meredith Somers)

Why Social Security Cuts Are Still In GOP Agenda (March 10, 2017, Forbes, John Wasik)

Doctors, hospitals and insurers oppose Republican health plan (March 8, 2017, The Washington Post, Juliet Eilperin and Mike DeBonis)

GOP Obamacare Replacement Hurts Older Americans; Gives wealthy $600 Billion tax break (March 8, 2017, http://www.ncpssm.org, Entitled to Know blog)

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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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