by Carrie Lewis
As the “super committee” continues its work on a deficit reduction deal, we need to take a firm stand against cuts to Social Security, Medicaid, and Medicare. The super committee is charged with coming up with trillions of dollars in deficit reduction. They must not accomplish this by cutting Social Security, Medicaid, and Medicare. These essential programs did not contribute to the nation’s deficit and should not be cut to address it.
Social Security is more than a retirement plan. It is our nation’s most successful social insurance program. Nationally, 20 percent of adults receive Social Security benefits, including 22 percent of women and 18 percent of men. About 24 million women, 18 million men, and 3 million children rely on Social Security benefits. Cuts to Social Security would fall disproportionately on low-income individuals, particularly minorities, who depend on Social Security and Medicare. For example, according to the Social Security Administration, among Hispanics receiving Social Security in 2008, 38 percent of elderly married couples and 62 percent of unmarried elderly person.
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