I had a great opportunity to talk about Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid and the supercommittee on C-Span on Sunday.
My favorite part was talking to the callers who, representing the views of the majority of Americans (PDF), were against any sort of cuts to Social Security, Medicare or Medicaid.
Alex Lawson talked about the status of Social Security and the government announcement on October 19, 2011, that beginning in January 2012 fifty-five million Social Security recipients would get a 3.6 percent increase in benefits. This raise, the first since 2009, would be offset by increases in Medicare payments. He also reacted to an advertisement titled “No Cuts” from the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare and to a video clip of Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) questioning Barbara Bovbjerg at an October 18, 2011, committee hearing. Mr. Lawson responded to telephone calls and electronic communications.
If you agree that the supercommittee needs to keep their Hands Off Social Security and be open to the public you can call Senator Murray and Rep. Hensarling to demand they broadcast all meetings, not just the opening statements and canned speeches. Click here for phone numbers and a script.