AARP: Social Security Should Not Be Part Of Deficit Discussion

 of the Huffington Post says AARP, the most powerful lobby for senior citizens, is committed to keeping Social Security out of any deficit debate going on in Washington.



Top lobbyist, Nancy LeaMond, said that the group was committed to defending Social Security from those who see it as a way to close the deficit.

“We’ve spent the better part of last year, when the focus was exclusively on the deficit, saying that Social Security should not be part of that discussion and we worked very hard on that and we’re happy at the end of the day that we were able to keep it out of that debate,” she said.

But, she said, there is no getting around the fact that Social Security will continue to arise as a topic of national debate. “Social Security is going to be part of the national conversation. The fact that it was raised over the last year means that people are talking about it,” she said. “As we hear from millions of our members, they want to talk about it.”

LeaMond said that the group’s recently organized national tour called You’ve Earned A Say is a way to give members a chance to let AARP know how they feel about Social Security and Medicare.

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About UWF Center on Aging

The Center on Aging at the University of West Florida was established in the Fall of 2010 when the School of Psychological and Behavioral Sciences faculty along with assistance from Sponsored Research submitted a grant to the State University System Board of Governors in support of aging initiatives for Northwest Florida. Its mission is to improve the quality of life of aging adults through the application of science to address challenges associated with aging and to promote healthy aging, with an emphasis on prevention. This will be accomplished through inter-disciplinary and inter-professional efforts of basic and applied research, consultation, and partnerships with community agencies. Education and training, direct services to the aging population, and public awareness and understanding of the contributions and needs of elders will be primary objectives.
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