Social Security Needs Our Protection ~ Don’t Trust the Trust Act

Social Security Needs Our Protection ~ Don’t Trust the Trust Act

Social Security currently lifts 22 million people out of poverty and allows them to live with dignity. It is vitally important to people who are retired, those with disabilities, survivors and dependents. Keeping Social Security strong for our current and future generations is essential for the health and wellbeing of our whole society. And that’s why we support progressive legislation such as Social Security 2100 Act which would strengthen the program and expand benefits.

We and other advocates nationwide are concerned, however with new legislation recently introduced by Senator Mitt Romey. Ironically called the Trust Act, this legislation would “create a new fast-track process that would allow cuts to be made to the program behind closed doors. Specifically, the bill would set up a ‘rescue committee’ process for Social Security that would require fewer votes to make changes to the program and move forward with benefit cuts,” as described in Justice in Aging’s 12/9 news email. People cannot afford to “trust” such legislation as it would have a disastrous effect on the older adults, people with disabilities and families who depend on Social Security as their lifeline.

We strongly oppose this legislation and ask you to join us in signing this petition sponsored by Social Security Works, that tells Congress to say no to such harmful legislation and instead pass legislation to support, improve and strengthen Social Security for generations to come.

Karen Fletcher
Our blogger Karen J. Fletcher is CHA's publications consultant. She provides technical expertise, writing and research on Medicare, health disparities and other health care issues. With a Masters in Public Health from UC Berkeley, she serves in health advocacy as a trainer and consultant. See her current articles.