FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 10, 2013
AARP: Donohue Correct that We Don’t Have to Cut Entitlements
WASHINGTON—AARP President Rob Romasco released the following statement in reaction to U.S. Chamber of Commerce CEO Thomas Donohue’s appearance on CNBC this morning:
“In his appearance on CNBC this morning, Chamber of Commerce CEO Thomas Donohue told Americans that we don’t have to cut entitlements to balance the budget. We couldn’t agree more.
“However, he went on to express his support for the chained CPI and adjustments in co-pays – both benefit cuts. In fact, the chained CPI is not more accurate for seniors, and is a significant benefit cut for current and future Social Security beneficiaries and veterans. What’s more, it looks to Social Security as a piggy bank for problems in the rest of the budget. Social Security doesn’t contribute to the deficit, and shouldn’t be cut to reduce it.
“Mr. Donohue also asserted that we have to bend down the cost curve of benefit programs like Medicare. Again, we stand in complete agreement. But we must rein in costs throughout the entire health care system, not just Medicare spending. The high cost of health care in this country is a burden for everyone – not just seniors on Medicare and individual Americans, but also the thousands of employers Mr. Donohue represents.
“Over the last year, AARP has engaged more than 6 million Americans in a conversation about how best to strengthen these critical retirement security programs, discussing different options that have been on the table in Washington. As we seek out responsible solutions, it is imperative that we focus on ways to contain health care costs system-wide, rather than simply shifting more costs to seniors on Medicare. We must consider the impact of any changes on real people, not just budget spreadsheets.
“Older Americans know better than anyone how critical Social Security and Medicare are to retirement security in this country, and they want to see the programs strengthened for their kids and grandkids. On their behalf, AARP will continue fighting for responsible solutions to keep Medicare and Social Security strong, not shortsighted changes that would hurt current and future generations.”
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