Reid Says “We’re Not Going to Mess With Social Security”

By: Thursday November 8, 2012 12:17 pm

Peter Orszag’s column today, which I highlighted earlier, says that a deficit deal should include Social Security changes even while admitting they have nothing to do with the deficit. It’s worth pointing out that the Senate leadership is right now making a lot of statements that will be difficult to walk back on this matter, [...]

Obama Re-Endorses Raising Social Security Payroll Tax Cap

By: Friday September 21, 2012 1:42 pm

While many chuckle over Paul Ryan getting booed at the AARP conference – and sure, that is funny – President Obama actually made some news in his appearance. Because it’s a year divisible by four, he returned to a progressive idea on Social Security that he endorsed in his last campaign. President Barack Obama revived [...]

Large Coalition Fights Trigger Cuts to Discretionary Budget

By: Friday July 13, 2012 10:53 am

In the first sign that the battle is being joined against the automatic trigger cuts on the discretionary and not just the defense side of the ledger, 3,000 organizations have banded together in a giant coalition to oppose the measures. “There is bipartisan agreement that sequestration would be devastating to the nation,” the alliance writes [...]

Not a Soul in Democratic Coalition Happy With Medicare, Social Security, Medicaid Proposals in Debt Limit Deal

By: Thursday July 7, 2011 11:35 am

It’s obvious that groups like and the Congressional Progressive Caucus will reject any cuts to Social Security and Medicare in a debt limit deal. At least, I’m confident at this point that they will. MoveOn came out with a poll today showing a total erosion of the President’s support if he goes this route, [...]

The Truth About Social Security – A Problem of Inequality

By: Tuesday June 21, 2011 6:50 am

Social insurance advocates remain dismayed by AARP’s decision to accept Social Security benefit cuts as part of a balanced solution to address the long-term funding gap, a decision they claim was not any different than their prior stances. AARP popped up yesterday to insist on their opposition to including Social Security as part of the [...]

Debbie Wasserman Schultz: Social Security Benefit Cuts “Off the Table”

By: Friday June 17, 2011 12:22 pm

MINNEAPOLIS – Liberals and retirement security advocates were alarmed to read a story today that the AARP has dropped its objection to Social Security benefit cuts. They have since tried to clarify the issue by saying their position hadn’t changed, but the clarification was not in a reassuring way: they basically said they always allowed [...]

AARP: Simpson Comments “Undermine” Deficit Commission UPDATE: Simpson Apologizes

By: Wednesday August 25, 2010 12:14 pm

The AARP, the largest senior advocacy organization in the country, just sent out a statement about Alan Simpson’s questionable comments to OWL’s executive director, Ashley Carson: “Senator Simpson’s latest attack on Social Security is offensive for several reasons, particularly for belittling a bedrock program that is the foundation of family security for all generations. The [...]

AARP Endorses House Health Care Bill

By: Thursday November 5, 2009 10:16 am

In a victory for Democrats, the AARP, the nation’s largest seniors group, officially endorsed health care reform today. Today AARP announced its endorsement of the Affordable Health Care for America Act (H.R. 3962) and the accompanying Medicare physician payment reform bill (H.R. 3961). The Association’s support follows nearly two years of work with lawmakers on [...]

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