Archive | August, 2010

Medicare Rights Center Pushes for Removal of Waiting Period for Medicare

Kaiser News Reports: After Russ Hillard developed Huntington’s disease, a devastating neurological disorder, he lost his $35,000-a-year job as a welder and, with it, his health insurance. His wife, who was working part time, had insurance, but it didn’t come close to covering the medical bills for the incurable disease, which causes uncontrolled movements, emotional […]

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President says: No Privatization of Social Security

Columbus, Ohio (CNN) — President Barack Obama pledged Wednesday that the Social Security system won’t be privatized while he is in the White House. In a town-hall style meeting with a few dozen residents of Columbus, Ohio, Obama said “modest” changes can keep the government pension system solvent for decades. Republicans have called for transforming […]

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Cuts In Social Security Being Weighed by Panel

A White House-created commission is considering proposals to raise the retirement age and take other steps to shore up the finances of Social Security, prompting key players to prepare for a major battle over the program’s future. Under consideration are raising the retirement age and reducing benefiots for higher-income retirees. See the entire story in […]

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Privatization of Social Security Back on the Agenda?

From a letter to USA Today:Dick Armey, chairman of FreedomWorks, is dreaming in his piece “Let’s upend Social Security” (Opposing view, Retirement income debate, Tuesday). Eliminating Social Security and putting it in each worker’s hands would be the scam artist’s bonanza. I get calls every day from scammers peddling precious metals, movie investments, “green” energy […]

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Is Social Security Going Broke?

From today’s Los Angeles Times: Even Social Security’s friends sometimes get bollixed up in the bamboozlements of its enemies. The best example of that may be the “lockbox” scheme promoted by Al Gore during the 2000 presidential campaign. Gore was trying to defuse concerns that the government had “stolen” Social Security’s money, but in the […]

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Indigent Refugees to Lose Social Security Benefits

The New York Times Reports today: “The Social Security Administration is about to terminate cash assistance for thousands of indigent refugees who are severely disabled or over the age of 64. “You will lose your Supplemental Security Income on Oct. 1,” the agency says in letters being mailed to more than 3,800 refugees. “All fled […]

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