Monday, December 17, 2012

Don't you dare raise the Medicare age

The Overpass Light Brigade still has it right.
House Speaker John Boehner is continuing his assault on the retirement and health care benefits that Americans work all their lives to earn. Why? So the rich can get richer.

Roll Call reports,
House Speaker John A. Boehner’s new offer to allow higher tax rates in a fiscal cliff agreement includes a proposal to raise the eligibility age for Medicare and use a tougher measure for inflation adjustments for Social Security, according to sources familiar with the negotiations... 
The GOP offer would raise the eligibility age for Medicare benefits from the current 65 to 67, a source said. Boehner also wants increases in Social Security benefits calculated under “chained CPI,” a more dynamic method of figuring inflation that would lower annual adjustments. 
Credo is circulating a petition that says:
You must not, under any circumstances, raise the eligibility age for Medicare. Any budget deal that includes benefit cuts to Social Security, Medicaid or Medicare is unacceptable and must be rejected.
Sign it here.