Massachusetts Democrats in Congress want to avoid cuts in benefits as part of any deal, but proposals such as raising the eligibility age for Medicare are still on the table. What would you do?
As Congress negotiates a deal to avoid the so-called "fiscal cliff" on Jan. 1, Massachusetts' congressional representatives have voiced their opposition to any cuts in benefits such as Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid, the Boston Globe reports. However, there are proposals still on the table that would change those benefit programs, including linking Social Security benefits to a more conservative inflation index that would slightly reduce annual increases, or raising the eligibility age for Medicare from 65 to 67. The Globe reported that while the Bay State's legislators were united against changes to Social Security, there's some wiggle room on Medicare. Rep. Ed Markey opposes raising the Medicare eligibility age; Rep. Michael …
The executive director of JP-based Ethos, an elder services agency, discusses why he believes it's important to fully fund Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid.
Saturday, November 12, 2011
Dale Mitchell wrote this article and is the executive director of Ethos, an elder services agency in Jamaica Plain. More than 3,000 elderly and disabled individuals converged on the Wang Center in Boston on Wednesday, Nov. 9 to stage a mass protest against proposed cuts to Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid. Sponsored by Mass Senior Action, AARP, Mass Home Care and several dozen elderly rights and labor groups, the rally literally sent a “big message” to one of the members of the Congressional “Super Committee” that is tasked with developing specific proposals to cut the federal deficit. Seniors took a large envelope stuffed with postcards from elders to the Boston office of U.S. Senator John Kerry, the only New England lawmaker on the…