Right now, some politicians in Washington are considering cramming cuts to our Social Security benefits into a last-minute budget deal.
Between now and the holidays, the President and Congress are considering making a deal that would change the way the Social Security cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) is calculated, reducing benefits by $112 billion in the next 10 years alone. That's money directly out of our pockets.
The proposal assumes that when the cost of something you normally buy goes up, you will substitute a lower-cost item, but many seniors spend much of their money on prescription drugs, utilities and heath care costs that don't have a lower-cost substitute.
We deserve an open, thoughtful public discussion about how to strengthen Social Security, not a short-sighted deal that cuts our benefits to reduce the deficit.
Join AARP in telling Washington that they cannot make changes to Social Security as part of a last minute budget deal.
Like millions of other seniors, I depend on my Social Security COLA to help make ends meet. I'm on a fixed budget, so the idea that I can "substitute" a higher cost item for a lower-cost item makes no sense. How do I spend less on health care, utilities and prescription drugs when all of these costs keep going up?
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I earned my Social Security through a lifetime of hard work. I deserve an open, thoughtful public discussion about how to strengthen Social Security and I am opposed to a short-sighted deal that cuts my Social Security benefits to reduce the deficit.
As your constituent, I urge you to reject cuts to my Social Security benefits as part of a last minute deal to reduce the deficit.
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