The 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.”
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