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Schakowsky, Duckworth, More to Talk Social Security, Medicare at Frisbie Senior Center

A presentation about deficit issues and how different plans to address them could impact seniors will be given at Frisbie Senior Center in Des Plaines on Friday.

A presentation on the potential impacts of various spending plans on Social Security, Medicare and more will be held at the Frisbie Senior Center in Des Plaines at 10 a.m. on Friday, March 1. Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky, Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth, Illinois Rep. Bill Foster and Max Richtman, president of the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare, the organization hosting the event, are expected to attend. Staff from Congressman Brad Schneider’s office are also expected to attend.

The presentation will break down the deficit debate issues, according to a press release about the event, the various proposals being considered in Washington, and what they mean for average Americans.

Petitions asking representatives for no cuts to social security and medicare will be distributed at the event, according to the press release.

The National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare provided the following information:

Congress is now facing a trio of self inflicted Congressional "crises" which have set the stage for an assault on the benefits of millions of average Americans, including retirees, people with disabilities, survivors, and their families. Some in Washington have proposed cutting benefits by raising the retirement age for Social Security, the eligibility age for Medicare, means testing and cutting the cost of living allowance to cut the deficit.

Proposals, such as changing the current cost of living allowance formula to a stingier chained CPI, would have serious consequences for millions of Americans. The chained CPI would lead to an immediate benefit cut of $130 per year for the typical 65-year old retiree and would grow exponentially to a $1,400 cut after 30 years of retirement. It also targets VA benefits, federal, civilian and military retirement for immediate cuts.

The National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare believes we do not have to threaten the economic and retirement security of millions of average American families, to get our fiscal house in order.

Timothy C Wolfe March 01, 2013 at 06:24 PM
This group of representatives are being dishonest with you and I believe you know it! There is no way this country can get it's fiscal house in order without making changes to every Federal government program functioning today, including Social Security and Medicare. The Democrats say they are the party who really cares about the senior citizen. Well then, why do they refuse to realistically address how to make these programs solvent for the long term? I believe they are implicitly saying that they don't care if the programs become insolvent and unworkable because they will just blame those who are courageous enough to fight for the needed changes. Both Social Security and Medicare have been running at cash flow deficits for several years, and that will continue to get worse until these plans are totally insolvent and, we the public, are totally reliant on the government which means higher taxes on EVERYONE! And so we must vote smarter when electing our representatives. And this group of legislators have all disqualified themselves as agents of real change because they won't be realistic and honest with their constituents! Tim Wolfe 2012 Republican candidate for US Congress
M. KUTZ March 08, 2013 at 10:27 PM
Social Security does not contribute to the deficit and has $2Trillion. It does not have a cash flow deficit. Sen. Bernie Sanders has proposed a bill to keep it solvent for 50 years yesterday, and I hope that bill passes the Congress.
American Badger March 08, 2013 at 11:15 PM
OK Seniors, make sure you remember Tim Wolfe in 2014 so you can vote against him again.

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