AARP’s national president, Marie Smith, talked to The Eagle editorial board the other day about the organization’s opposition to privatized accounts for Social Security, which she noted wouldn’t do a thing to address the insolvency problem.
She also acknowledged that the AARP had a disconnect with its members on last year’s expensive Medicare prescription drug bill, which the organization supported at some political cost, and that “I’m still smarting from that.” But she defended the bill as a first step toward helping the millions of Americans without drug coverage.
But she noted that it’s Medicare, not Social Security, that faces the most pressing solvency problem. “We have a patchwork system that’s ready to fall apart,” she said.
She’s right. Why aren’t the nation’s leaders doing more to address that looming crisis?
Posted by Randy Scholfield
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