Thursday, December 20, 2012

Urgent: Make a call to stop a bad deal that cuts Social Security benefits 202-225-4965


Last week, 102 Democrats in the House co-signed a letter saying that they will oppose any deficit reduction package that includes cuts to Social Security benefits.

But that was before President Obama caved on his promise to protect Social Security benefits. Now, we need them to stand up and publicly reject the cuts the President proposed.
Can you call your representative and ask them to make a public statement rejecting any cuts to Medicare, Medicare or Social Security benefits, including chained CPI? Click here for a sample script and the number to call.
According to multiple news stories, President Obama has offered House Speaker John Boehner a terrible deficit reduction deal that includes cuts to Social Security benefits over time through a mechanism known in policy jargon as "chained CPI."
Unfortunately, when the White House caves, there's a lot of pressure for other Democrats to fall in line. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi has already announced that she will support the president's plan to cut Social Security benefits via the chained CPI, and predicted other Democrats will do so as well.
So we need to make sure those 102 Democrats stay committed to protecting Social Security benefits and rejecting a bad deal.
Can you call your representative and ask them to make a public statement rejecting any cuts to Medicare, Medicare or Social Security benefits, including chained CPI? Click here for a sample script and the number to call.
Over a dozen members of Congress including progressive champions Keith Ellison and Barbara Lee have spoken out in the last 48 hours to reiterate their opposition to any deal that includes chained CPI.
And they're doing it for a very important reason: to send a message to President Obama and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi that they can't count on their votes to pass a bad deal.
That's precisely the message the rest of the House Democrats need to send as well.
Chained CPI works by reducing cost-of-living adjustments over time. Its supporters misleadingly claim that it's "more accurate" than the normal Consumer Price Index used to calculate cost-of-living adjustments. But it's not. This is especially true for seniors who are hit hard by the rising cost of medical care and whose fixed incomes and living situations prevent them from making the kinds changes the chained CPI assumes people can make.
And in any event, Social Security has nothing to do with the deficit (something the White House was acknowledging as recently as last week), so any cuts to Social Security benefits in the context of a deficit reduction deal is horribly inappropriate.
Yet we can see the fix is in when even traditional supporters of Social Security like Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi start to embrace chained CPI.
The stakes are incredibly high.
Can you call your representative and ask them to make a public statement rejecting any cuts to Medicare, Medicare or Social Security benefits, including chained CPI? Click below for a sample script and the number to call:
Thank you for standing up.
Michael Phelan
Social Security Works

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