American Association of Retired Persons (AARP): Mend, Don’t End, Entitlements

by Colonel on January 15, 2013

““Yes, we do need to make adjustments to Medicare and Social Security and Medicaid — and AARP members realize that — but we need to do so without compromising the health and retirement security of the American people or undermining the values that we all cherish,” Barry Rand, the CEO of the AARP, said in a speech at the National Press Club.

Rand said a budget that slashes programs like Medicare and Social Security is one that would be out-of-step with the preferences and needs of the American people.

Rand ruled out cuts to Medicare and raising the eligibility age for that program, and also said that any changes to Social Security must be made in the context of a “broader conversation about how to help Americans prepare for a secure retirement.”

Meanwhile, Rand blasted a “chained CPI” proposal, an initiative which would clamp down on growth in Social Security payments, … as “one of the worst” approaches to ensuring Social Security solvency.

” — Katie Glueck, Copyright 2013 Politico LLC

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