Skip to main content
Social Media: Connect with UsAccessibility  |  About  |  Contact  |  Privacy  |  Terms

Budget Proposals Could Harm Medicare and Social Security

  • Published: 2011-05-26 : AARP.
  • Synopsis: Proposal that relies on arbitrary spending limits could erode vital Medicare and Social Security benefits millions of senior Americans.

Main Document

AARP to Senators: Reject Budget Proposals that Could Harm Critical Medicare and Social Security Benefits - Measures that rely on arbitrary spending limits could jeopardize seniors health and financial security.

With the Senate poised to vote today on several budget resolutions, AARP Executive Vice President Nancy LeaMond sent a letter to Sens. Harry Reid (D-NV) and Mitch McConnell (R-KY) to voice the Association's opposition to proposals that could harm the health and financial security of current and future retirees. AARP acknowledges the need to address nation's long-term debt, but the organization has serious concerns about any budget proposal that relies on arbitrary spending limits that could erode the vital Medicare and Social Security benefits millions of older Americans have earned through a lifetime of hard work.

Concerning the budget resolution by Sen. Patrick Toomey (R-PA), S. Con Res 19, LeaMond wrote that the bill's proposed 18.5 percent spending cap could not be achieved without harmful cuts to programs that serve society's most vulnerable.

"We do not believe that level of savings can be achieved from other mandatory health programs (such as Medicaid) without seriously harming the programs that serve our nation's most vulnerable citizens," LeaMond wrote. "Medicare does not cover long-term institutional or home care services, and today, roughly two-thirds of Medicaid spending is for people with disabilities and those aged 65 and over. And, as our nation's population grows older, simply capping spending on Medicaid will do nothing to help the millions of Americans and their caregivers who rely on it to help provide long-term services and supports."

On the budget proposal put forth by Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), S. Con Res 20, LeaMond expressed the organization's strong concerns that the proposal would result in deep spending cuts that could harm Medicare, Medicaid and possibly Social Security.

Under the proposal, "deep spending cuts are required under reconciliation instructions including over a half a trillion dollars in cuts over the next five years in programs under the jurisdiction of the Senate Finance Committee," she wrote. "It is difficult to imagine how such deep spending cuts could be achieved without resulting in harmful cuts to Medicare, Medicaid or Social Security."

With regards to the proposal from Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL), S. Con Res 18, LeaMond noted arbitrary spending targets do not work to rein in spending costs throughout the health care system.

"...[W]e remain concerned that relying on arbitrary spending targets is neither a good way to make health policy nor a good way to drive down overall health costs," LeaMond wrote.

As a part of its ongoing effort to protect Medicare, Social Security and access to long-term care, AARP recently announced an effort ( to stop Congress from making harmful cuts to vital Medicare and Social Security benefits as part of a deal to raise the debt ceiling. The Association looks forward to working with senators on both sides of the aisle to devise solutions to the nation's debt that ensure these bedrock programs are protected and strengthened.

AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization with a membership that helps people 50+ have independence, choice and control in ways that are beneficial and affordable to them and society as a whole. AARP does not endorse candidates for public office or make contributions to either political campaigns or candidates. We produce AARP The Magazine, the definitive voice for 50+ Americans and the world's largest-circulation magazine with over 35.1 million readers; AARP Bulletin, the go-to news source for AARP's millions of members and Americans 50+; AARP VIVA, the only bilingual U.S. publication dedicated exclusively to the 50+ Hispanic community; and our website, AARP Foundation is an affiliated charity that provides security, protection, and empowerment to older persons in need with support from thousands of volunteers, donors, and sponsors. We have staffed offices in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Similar Topics

1 - CES 2017: Autonomous Vehicles to Intergenerational Technology - AARP.
2 - Help for Family Caregivers as NY Governor Signs CARE Act - AARP New York.
3 - Medicare is Not a Welfare Program - AARP to President Obama - AARP.
4 - Don't Cut Social Security to Reduce the Deficit - AARP to President and Congressional Leaders - AARP.
5 - Help Spot Medicare Errors and Fight Fraud - Online Tools from AARP - AARP.
From our AARP section - Full List (30 Items)

Submit disability news, coming events, as well as assistive technology product news and reviews.

Loan Information for low income singles, families, seniors and disabled. Includes home, vehicle and personal loans.

Famous People with Disabilities - Well known people with disabilities and conditions who contributed to society.

List of awareness ribbon colors and their meaning. Also see our calendar of awareness dates.

Blood Pressure Chart - What should your blood pressure be, and information on blood group types/compatibility.

1 - Asthma Costs US Economy Over $80 Billion a Year
2 - Synthesized Nanoparticle-Antioxidants to Treat SCI and Stroke
3 - Study Reveals Pancreatic Cancer Accelerated by Stress
4 - Micah Fowler of ABCs Speechless to be Honored at Art of Care Gala
5 - Sensory Interneurons from Stem Cells Enable the Sense of Touch


Disclaimer: This site does not employ and is not overseen by medical professionals. Content on Disabled World is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of a physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. See our Terms of Service for more information.

Reporting Errors: Disabled World is an independent website, your assistance in reporting outdated or inaccurate information is appreciated. If you find an error please let us know.