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January 24, 2017

Statement of Retiree Leader Richard Fiesta on Confirmation Hearings of Mick Mulvaney and Tom Price

The following statement was issued by Richard Fiesta, Executive Director of the Alliance for Retired Americans, as Trump cabinet nominee Tom Price testifies in the Finance Committee and Mick Mulvaney testifies in the Senate Budget and Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committees.

“Retirees are rightly terrified by the prospect of Tom Price being the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services and Mick Mulvaney directing the Office of Management and Budget (OMB).

“Rep. Mulvaney has earned a lifetime pro-retiree score of just 6% on the Alliance’s Congressional Voting Record.

“In May 2009, Rep. Mulvaney voted in the South Carolina State Senate for an amendment declaring Social Security and Medicaid unconstitutional. In May 2011, he said that Paul Ryan’s plan needed to go farther because it did not cut Social Security and Medicare ‘rapidly enough.’ That same year, Mulvaney told MSNBC that Social Security was a ‘Ponzi scheme’ that might not be able to provide assistance to people in the years to come. He even failed to pay Social Security and Medicare withholding taxes for a domestic worker, violating the law everyone else must follow and disrespecting the very system he wants to oversee.

“Today he pledged to push President Trump to raise the Social Security retirement age beyond 67.

“Rep. Price has earned a lifetime pro-retiree score of just 4% on the Alliance’s Congressional Voting Record. He has pledged to replace guaranteed earned Medicare benefits with a system of ‘coupon-care’ and vouchers that will cost retirees more out of pocket.

“Both nominees have made statements about the need to ‘reform’ Medicare and Social Security, including supporting or proposing privatization and raising the retirement age. These are in direct conflict with President Trump’s repeated promises not to cut Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid.

“These nominees should not be confirmed to these positions. And President Trump must keep his campaign promise and promise to veto any bills that cut Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid.”

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10 thoughts on “Statement of Retiree Leader Richard Fiesta on Confirmation Hearings of Mick Mulvaney and Tom Price”

  1. If the government hadn’t put ur in a general fund and then used it for whatever they wanted we wouldn’t have a problem. Pay it back and that’ll fix it

  2. Raise the cap on SS deductions to help solve concerns. Do not change MEDICARE and SS as it stands. If Congress changes it in anyway they will regret their actions. We may be old but we have power. We are the voters and we hold the purse strings. Be careful because you will see a backlash of epic proportions.

  3. SERIOUSLY, I’M WITH YOU EVERY STEP OF THE WAY. WE’RE NOT IN A POSITION TO HAVE THESE PROGRAMS THAT WE’VE NOT ONLY PAID INTO (SOCIAL SECURITY); BUT CURRENTLY PAY THE PREMIUMS FOR OUR MEDICARE HEALTH COVERAGE AS WELL. WE’RE IN OUR 70S AND 80S AND NEED THESE BENEFITS TO SURVIVE.

  4. These are not entitlements. We worked and paid into these programs all our life and now we deserve to receive the benefits. Raise the ceiling so the millionaires and billionaires pay their share.

  5. Medicare and Social Security are not entitlements, but programs Americans have paid into for their entire work lives in preparation for their retirement. DO NOT reduce these necessities. If anything, raise the ceiling so that people making over $130,000. a year pay a bit more. This will solve any problems with the longevity of the programs.

  6. President Trump ran on promises to keep Social Security and Medicare programs, not gut them. Those seeking confirmation that have a record of voting to gut these programs should not be confirmed. Nominating people who have records to gut the very programs that the President said he supported when campaigning belie these promises. People who voted for the President are being betrayed. The President is not keeping his promises to the American public. These candidates for high positions should not be confirmed.

  7. I always wonder about people like Mulvaney..re: “cut social security”.., like what do they have for a “nest egg” and how did they happen by it. Same for those folks who are opposed to a national health care (singel-payer system, like social security). Where do those folks get their health care coverage from? Their husbands job with Honda, or Unum, or GE, or the government? Oh yah… and how about the “benefit plans” our politicians fall under for their miserable few year of service(??), huh. Let’s cut that first! People earning $29 or $35,000 a year can’t afford $700 bucks or more per month for some health insurance. Who are we kidding? Whatever. The Spicers, and Trumps will have a nice dinner tonight, while the less fortunate will serve up some Ramen noodles. Make mine shrimp flavor please.

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