Brown Discusses Efforts to Preserve Social Security and Medicare at Special Forum for Seniors in Columbus

Brown Calls for Passage of Legislation that Would Prevent Members of Congress from Collecting their Pensions Until They Reach the Same Age that Working Americans Are Eligible for Social Security

Brown is Joined by Ohio Seniors and the National Committee to Preserve Social Security & Medicare

 

COLUMBUS, OH — U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) convened a special forum for seniors at LifeCare Alliance today to discuss protecting Social Security and Medicare for American seniors.

"Medicare and Social Security have allowed Americans to live longer, healthier lives and retire with dignity," Brown said. "We owe it to our children and grandchildren to reduce the deficit. But we need to do this in a way that doesn't undermine the Medicare and Social Security benefits their grandparents have earned."

Following threats to end Medicare as we know it and raise the retirement age for Social Security to age 69 or higher, Brown introduced a bill that would require Members of Congress to “walk in the same shoes” as working Americans. Brown’s bill, the Shared Retirement Sacrifice Act of 2011, would amend the Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS) and Civil Service Retirement System (CSRS) to directly tie the Social Security retirement age to current and future Members of Congress’ access to their federal retirement benefits.

Brown was joined by an Ohio senior who will outline what proposed changes to Medicare and Social Security would mean for his monthly budget. Also attending today’s town hall was Max Richtman, Executive Vice President and Acting CEO of the National Committee to Preserve Social Security & Medicare (NCPSSM).

In May, Brown led a group of 50 senators in signing a letter to President Obama expressing their opposition to turning Medicare into a voucher program. In the letter, Brown wrote, “While deficit reduction is essential, balancing the budget by dismantling Medicare is both unfair to hard-working Americans and counterproductive. Seniors who are unable to afford Medicare or its equivalent will skip preventative services, not take necessary medication, and delay treatment leading to potentially undetected illnesses and more expense care. If Medicare is turned into a voucher system and the health reform law is dismantled, millions of seniors will be left under-or uninsured. This will add to the burden on our nation’s already overwhelmed emergency rooms and result in increased demands on Medicaid as seniors exhaust their life savings.”

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