Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Republican Leaders Offer Bigger Cuts to Senior Programs

Last week, the Obama Administration put an offer on the table to reduce the deficit and avoid across-the-board federal funding cuts under a sequester. The plan was very similar to the President’s 2103 budget proposal.
Yesterday, House Republican leaders dismissed the proposal as “not serious” and counter-offered with:
  • Increasing Medicare and Medicaid cuts from $340 billion to $600 billion over 10 years.
  • Adding $300 billion in new cuts to non-defense discretionary programs, such as the Older Americans Act (OAA).
  • Cutting the Social Security Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA).
  • Reducing revenue savings (from $1.6 trillion to $800 billion), largely by refusing to let tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans (with incomes over $250,000) expire. 
NCOA opposes these cuts to senior programs as unacceptable, as they will harm millions of older Americans, particularly the most vulnerable.