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AMAC Continues to Seek a 1% Solution to the Current Plight of Seniors

ss-rally-sliderThe organization promotes a minimal one-time, retroactive Social Security Cost of Living payment.

WASHINGTON, DC, May 20 – Just in time for the celebration of Older Americans month, the Social Security Administration’s Acting Commissioner Carolyn W. Colvin called Social Security an “anti-poverty program.”  But the National Council on Aging points out that “over 25 million Americans aged 60 and over are economically insecure.”

“These older adults struggle with rising housing and health care bills, inadequate nutrition, lack of access to transportation, diminished savings, and job loss.  For older adults who are above the poverty level, one major adverse life event can change today’s realities into tomorrow’s troubles,” according to the NCOA.

Dan Weber, president of the Association of Mature American Citizens, said one of the principal reasons AMAC came to be is to “protect, preserve and enhance” Social Security benefits for older Americans.

“Our rally earlier this week in Florida drew hundreds of seniors who were expressing their dismay at the government’s decision to forego Cost of Living payments for seniors.  The decision was catastrophic for some elderly individuals and their families.  One estimate indicates that current monthly benefits are barely enough to sustain 33% of the senior households in the United States.  The costs of essential expenses, in fact, leave many elderly Social Security recipients deeper in debt at the end of the month.  Opting to forego a COLA is not consistent with an effort to reduce poverty among older Americans.”

Weber noted that while the government ensured pay increases for its employees this year, it “ignored the plight of seniors by denying COLA assistance.  It is only the third time in four decades that this has happened, but it comes at a time when medical costs, food costs and the costs of heating and air conditioning and other necessities have increased sharply, leaving the elderly with hard choices to make.”

He said that AMAC has been pursuing a onetime fix via bi-partisan legislation, The Seniors Act, H.R. 4140.  “We paid our money into Social Security; the government didn’t put in one cent.  Just because they mismanaged our money by only paying us 2% interest- is no excuse for us not to get a Cost of Living increase this year,” Weber declared.

We are not trying to overturn the no-COLA decision, he said, we simply seek a one-time payment equal to a one-percent Social Security Cost of Living Adjustment.  The cost is estimated to be between $9 and $11 billion but will be offset by an equal amount of federal spending cuts.

The bill’s sponsors, Representatives Kyrsten Sinema, (D-AZ) and Frank Guinta (R-NH) and AMAC are “aggressively” seeking passage of the measure and now we need action in Congress and exhortations from America’s senior citizens and veterans who are urged to call on their lawmakers to move the bill along in a timely manner—before winter sets in.”

Weber urged seniors to “let their voices be heard.  Congress is frozen like an ice cube when it comes to taking action on Social Security, and the only way we can get them to act by applying heat.  We’ve made it easy; just go to www.amac.us to send a prepared email to your Congressman.  All you have to do is fill in your name and address and it will automatically be sent to your Representative.”

ABOUT AMAC

The Association of Mature American Citizens [http://www.amac.us] is a vibrant, vital senior advocacy organization that takes its marching orders from its members.  We act and speak on their behalf, protecting their interests and offering a practical insight on how to best solve the problems they face today.  Live long and make a difference by joining us today at http://amac.us/join-amac.


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Diane S Sanfilippo
6 years ago

Oh my! Here we go again! I wonder how many ‘new’ do-good organizations I will live to see!
1. We cannot depend on our government to protect or assist us (ask any military retiree who retired 1980 – 1990! And how much they receive! See, retirement pay is based on the pay paid the retirement year and back then, it was not enough for anyone to live on, much less maintain the ‘old garrison’ ways of the military! I had to go to work when my husband was reassigned at the Pentagon since there was no COLA for the DC area (we lived in Virginia) back then – and soon I found I was not the only one! So much wanting to stay home and raise my children!
2. Most military retirees are not eligible for treatment under the VA since most make too much in retirement pay so those who do receive treatment either have little to no income or are so horribly disabled that they SHOULD be cared for under the military medical programs and not have to deal with the VA! My husband has a 20% disability after reporting for an Agent Orange check-up (he only went because asked to and he always obeyed orders – much to our surprise and dismay they found dioxins in his blood and, fortunately, for now, he only has out-of-control diabetes, but we are always on the look-out now. However he cannot be treated at the VA – and our ‘free for life’ medical is the failing Medicare program with the bone of ‘Tricare-for-Life’ thrown at us, IF you can find a physician who will accept Medicare! We have been forced into a university program, and most are excellent, but we are now having to move where we can be close to one of their facilities. Most military hospitals do not accept retirees – they can barely sustain the active duty families!
3. We cannot depend on SS!
4. We cannot depend on state retirement since most states are broke too! and most are talking ‘downsizing’ their retirement obligations and there is NOTHING we can do about it.
5. We cannot depend on our state representatives and senators, they are all too worried about keeping their own jobs and medical since they see what a mess they have made for seniors.
6. We cannot depend on AARP or we would not be here now.
7. We now cannot depend on AMAC!
Oh well, that’s another tad we can save from dues!

Noel Carpenter
6 years ago

Regarding the C Ragan comment below stating “There are a lot of retirees who depend on SS to survive. They are not as fortunate as some of you.” First of all, I am a veteran that served in the army in order to work and then pay my way through college. Second, while at college more than 35 years ago, my friends and I discussed often the SS ponzi scheme and knew it would never be there for us. Everyone knew then and should know now that it is “too good to be true.” And AMAC needs to stop perpetuating the BS and tell people the truth. Let’s start weening people off of the government dependence and start working on the realistic solutions instead of making people feel comfortable avoiding their own demise. People need to work hard and save early if they are going to survive for the long term. If they are depending on the government to save them they are going to be disappointed.,

Noel Carpenter
6 years ago

I contacted AMAC after receiving the H.R. 4140 petition touting legislation sponsored by a bipartisan list of Representatives. Please note the Coservative Ratings provided by Conservative Review for the “public servants” cited by AMAC:
Rep. Kilmer, Derek C. [D-WA-06], “F”
Rep. Frank Guinta [R-NH-01]—Lead Republican, “D”
Rep. Webster, Daniel [R-FL-10], “D”
Rep. Sinema, Kyrsten [D-AZ-9]—Lead Democrat, “F”
Rep. Fincher, Stephen Lee [R-TN-8], “D”
Rep. Gibson, Christopher P. [R-NY-19], “F”
Rep. Nugent, Richard B. [R-FL-11]. “C”

The highest in the bunch is a “C!”

Why would we, as members of AMAC support anything these people stand for? Why would AMAC, the association that is supposed to be looking out for our long-term welfare be supporting these people or their legislation?

Well, I received a phone call from a well-versed spokes person, but she really did not understand the point. I tried to explain to her that, if the legislation was something we as conservatives wanted, there would be a list of conservative “A” listers supporting it. I know that I am arguing against my own short term best interest, but we don’t need another lobbyist helping us or any other “special interest” group to get more out of Washington. The spokes person went on to tell me they were proposing cuts to other programs to pay for this increase, so there would not be a budget increase. Good, I told her, go ahead and make the cuts, but just don’t redistribute it to us or anyone else! She asked, how would we feel if our benefits were cut 1, 2, or 3 %? I said, how will we feel when our benefits are cut 100%, when the whole thing goes belly up?

When are these people going to get it? If they do not reign in the entitlement spending, there will not be any Social Security or Medicare.

Tom Lambrecht
6 years ago

AMAC has made my decision easy- I will not renew membership and do not send me an email or request to renew- GOODBYE !
You are about as useless as breast on a boar hog.

c ragan
6 years ago

Instead of leaving AMAC why can’t you all request a meeting with Mr Weber and talk about your concerns.
There are a lot of retirees who depend on SS to survive. They are not as fortunate as some
of you.
SS needs to be reformed. Maybe raise the rate from 7.65 to 8.00, keep medicare at the current rate and difference to SS. And of those earners who makes 100,000 annually change the payroll law to where they will continue to pay SS.
Don’t want to upset anybody.
Thanks.

Ruel D
6 years ago
Reply to  c ragan

Mr or Ms C,
I have tried on several occasions to contact AMAC through their email contact system to ask questions about their stance on this and other issues as well as to find out why a comment of mine was deleted. I got the standard “your call is very important to us . . .” response. What chance do you think we have of arranging a meeting with Mr. Weber? AMAC touts themselves as a conservative answer to AARP, yet they want to replace the ACA with a quite similar program. They sell insurance. Gee, I wonder why they’d back a program like that? Neither Mr. Weber nor his staff seem to be concerned enough to read or respond to the overwhelming number of negative comments from the membership about that stance or this one. Once again, I suspect a meeting is out of the question. That’s why I’m not renewing my subscription.

Walt
6 years ago

Looks like I’ll have to cancel my AMAC membership just like I cancelled my AARP membership. I am not seeing much difference between the two any longer. Social Security needs to be brought back to reality. Reality is what it can actually do, not what it can promise. It is defined based on the whims of politicians instead of a sound actuarial basis. I cannot continue to steal from my children let alone from my yet to be born grandchildren, and great grandchildren. Stop the insanity!

David Mowbray
6 years ago

This is an outrageous position taken by AMAC..sounds exactly like AARP. Dan Weber claims he spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on the postal mailer I got. This is exactly the same sort of crony capitalism we see all the time here in the capital. I just let my AARP membership expire and if this sort of nonsense does not stop I’ll do the same for AMAC. BTW, what is about a contract that Weber and AMAC do not understand?

c ragan
6 years ago

The more you earn (income) the more medicare takes from your benefit. Part a and part d.
I don’t know, it would help seniors whose only income comes from ss.

Rich
6 years ago

Interesting

Rich
6 years ago

Interesting comments
So you get ss and pay taxes again
The American Dream ?

Rick
6 years ago

I thought I joined a conservative organization! My mistake, I must have joined AARP by mistake. AMAC’s leading their members to the public trough demanding money that will have to be paid back by our grandkids isn’t the reason I joined! Correcting the COLA to the true cost of living and indexing the taxable amounts are what you should be fighting for. The floor amounts that make SS taxable haven’t been adjusted since they were put in in the 80’s.

Me Too
6 years ago
Reply to  Rick

Maybe you should read the whole article. It says, “The cost is estimated to be between $9 and $11 billion but will be offset by an equal amount of federal spending cuts.”

Rick
6 years ago
Reply to  Me Too

Sorry, Me Too, but I haven’t seen a spending cut stick yet. And that’s with the Republicans in charge! Dimocrats will agree to anything to get what they want, but getting them to stick to it is nearly impossible – Remember Tip’s ignored grand promises with Reagan? The media called it Reagan’s deficits and got away with it because no one challenged them. Really they were Tip’s deficits. Sequestration has already been rolled back.
I’m disappointed in AMAC wasting their resources on a $10 or $15 a month one-time deal, when there are much more important things to be fighting for!

PaulE
6 years ago
Reply to  Rick

Very well said Rick. Good to see there are still a few fiscal and constitutional conservatives left in thi8s country.

Scott Brooks
6 years ago

Why doesn’t AMAC allow editing opportunities? I mistyped not as nt!- but not for across the board!

Scott Brooks
6 years ago

For those on the lower income scale it may be needed but nt for across the board. The fund in near bankruptcy and among the needed reforms are means testing and raising the income ceiling. Most important it should be in a lock box. After the fund is made solvent for existent enrollies, future precipitants should be given options of other investment alternatives.

This program, like other entitlements, was a rigged scam from the get go, just like the IRS! It was a bureaucratic bated trap to lure people into a freedom robbing government program.

Walt
6 years ago
Reply to  Scott Brooks

Means testing turns this into yet another welfare program. That is not the original intent of the program. If you want another welfare (means tested) program, then let’s do away with Social Security and just increase the income tax rate. That would be the honest thing to do. Don’t hide a general tax increase inside Social Security.

Paul Richards
6 years ago

If I had wanted to join an organization which was going to keep this Ponzi scheme going, I would have joined AARP. It’s time to fight to privatize SS and phase it out, along with all the other unconstitutional programs this government does. I am seriously considering canceling my membership over this one issue. What a waste of the members’ funds and time. The ONLY solution I will support is a fight to reduce the federal government to its constitutional duties. I thought I had joined an organization that was committed to that!

PaulE
6 years ago
Reply to  Paul Richards

That is why many of us have already left AMAC. If you’re interested in a truly Constitutionally conservative organization, dedicated to a limited scale and scope federal government, then AMAC isn’t it. Best of luck to you and enjoy the rest of your weekend.

BobA
6 years ago

Beneficiaries with income of $34,000 for unmarried filers and $44,000 for joint filers—pay taxes on up to 50 percent of their benefits. For beneficiaries with income that is above those higher thresholds, as much as 85 percent of the benefits are taxed. Why bother with 1%?

Susan Aleksa
6 years ago

It never ceases to amaze me that they can vote themselves increases while they deny ours, and the military. I think they honestly want us to give up and die so there is more money for all the immigrants, and illegals. Where do they get the money that pays their salaries? But there is nothing for seniors who have paid in all their lives, and STILL PAY FOR MEDICARE MONTHLY!!

Me Too
6 years ago
Reply to  Susan Aleksa

That’s the Obama plan.

Maria
6 years ago

I do believe our government is so corrupt at this point, that they don’t know which end is up. They keep telling us that there is no COLA because of the low gas prices but somehow “find” the money to fund other groups who are coming into our country as “refugees” and now giving all the children of undocumented immigrants (otherwise known as illegals), free MediCal! And who will be paying for all of this?..we the taxpayers!!!! And yet, they cannot seem to find or repay the money they stole from the SS fund that we had paid into during our working years. I started paying into it when I was 16 years old! And 1% is a slap in our faces…shame on them!! We really need a new government who can take the reins and start to steer things in the right direction for its citizens, by cutting out the many wasteful spending on stupid projects, by not giving in to the lobbyists and special interests and look for ways to stem the bleeding of our money! Someone has to be held accountable for all of this starting with our president, and yet I saw in a post here that he is requesting a “raise for the Presidential Pension” of about 17%????? By golly, give that to the SS and Veterans funds! I’m sure he already has plenty of money to live on….he used our tax money to fund all their vacations so why not turn it around and have the government fund our vacations since they took most of our money but cannot seem to give we seniors a decent COLA to live on!!!! If they stop funding the illegals in this country and look after its own people first, perhaps we wouldn’t be in such a mess! Even prisoners have it made..they’re not in for punishment for their crimes, but rather in for a more comfortable life as they seem to have all the amenities a lot of seniors can only dream of!! There is a prison in Chicago that Obama was involved with that looks exactly like an “up-scale” college campus or an expensive spa and resort! Everything is state of the art! This corruption has gone on long enough and it’s time for a fresh, new government who doesn’t care about being “politically correct” all the time, and who will tell it like it is! We need truth, transparency, responsibility, honesty and accountability at all times and stop pulling the wool over our eyes!

Kathleen Barnard`
6 years ago

Amazing that monies can always be found to subsidize some program or other, but we are not able to keep up with the cost of living increase.
If we didn’t have to work, we could protest.

Michael Sanders
6 years ago

As Obama “stole” Social Security and Medicare funds to start the farce called Obamacare, that money, with interest, must be placed back into the “Trust Fund”. It is not the Federal Government’s money to spend. The “habit” that Congress has gotten into of “stealing from Peter to pay Paul” is NOT written into the Constitution. Congress is violating are inaleinable rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Since Social Security first began, Congress has “robbed” or “redefined the purpose” of the Trust. Medicare started with Social Security funds during a Democratic controlled Presidency and Congress. Other social programs, such as Medicaid, have used funds paid by employee and employer on behalf of the employee. Again, these appropriations were done during times when the Presidency and Congress were controlled by the Democrats. Democrats have a track record of growing Govenment and socializing our society. Republicans have tried to lessen the impact this Democratic policy has on our Economy. We are losing jobs overseas because Democrats are on the fast track to redistribute money from the wealthy and give it to the poor. The problem is that doing this destroys the middle class – the people that pay the majority of taxes. The ignorance of the Democrats is astounding and a direct result of professional politicians. When a standing Democratic Senator has a homosexual liaison in a public restroom and is not censured or forced to resign, we can see the true form of politics in this Nation. More importantly, this happened after unproven accusations were thrown at a Republican Representative who was forced to resign by the Democratically controlled House. People need to realize is that Democrats will “buy” votes and destroy lives in their greed to become the only political party in this Nation. In effect, making this nation a much like the former Soviet Union – one party making laws and ignoring basic human rights. ..

Susan Aleksa
6 years ago

AMEN!!!

Larry Consolver, Ret, DAV, ARM, LS, IILA
6 years ago

1% Solution, you have to be kidding? If SS is not provided a minimum 3.5%; you might as well keep the money in Washington, so they can continue to SHAFT US with stealing our Funds. We want all our Dollars put back into the SS Trust Fund Account & if that mean stopping all the Elected & Appointed Officials in Washington not getting a paycheck until it’s done SO BE IT. LET THEM ALL FEEL THE BURN SENIORS HAVE FELT FOR 50+ YEARS.

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