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    Social Security Pays Benefits to Millionaires' Children

    Many aspects of Social Security date back to 1939 and reflect an America that is long gone. One of these pays Social Security benefits to minor children—even if the parents are millionaires. Case in point: the Social Security checks sent to the three younger children of Representative Pete Stark (D–CA). … More

    Debunking Medicare Reform Myths

    In a recent paper, Heritage expert Bob Moffit responds to the critics of the premium-support model for Medicare. This type of reform would give seniors a defined government contribution toward the cost of a Medicare plan of their choice. All plans would compete against each other to deliver market-based prices … More

    Obamacare’s Five Most Damaging Effects on Seniors

    In anticipation of the Supreme Court’s Obamacare decision, it is important to remember that the constitutionality of the individual mandate isn’t the only problem with the law. Here’s a list of Obamacare’s five most destructive impacts on America’s seniors. Less choice. Obamacare puts 15 unelected bureaucrats in charge of meeting … More

    Side Effects: The $8.35 Billion Attempt to Fool Seniors

    A new report by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) shows that a demonstration program created by the Obama Administration in Medicare Advantage (MA) is primarily designed to “demonstrate” how to hide politically unpopular parts of Obamacare. The Quality Bonus Payment demonstration program will take place from 2012 to 2014 and … More

    VIDEO: Seniors & Providers Dread Obamacare Changes

    Medicare patient Ann Lorenz has relied on the advice and recommendations of her neurologist, Dr. Jeffrey English, since she was first diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease 13 years ago. So the dramatic changes coming to Medicare via the Affordable Care Act—and its potential to limit seniors’ access to care as doctors … More

    Happy Birthday, Obamacare? What It Really Means for Seniors

    This Wednesday marks the first anniversary of Obamacare. While its supporters spend the week highlighting the new law’s effects on affected groups of Americans, we will do the same. By laying out the facts on the ground and the conclusions of Heritage research from the past year, we shed light … More

    The Case for Entitlement Reform: Taxpayer Contributions Fall Dangerously Short of Received Benefits

    Medicare and Social Security are important retirement security programs for millions of Americans. But they are ticking time bombs with trillions in future unfunded obligations that will bankrupt America if they are not changed. Though awareness of this critical situation continues to grow, Americans remain reluctant to support reform, understandably … More

    The Obama Tax Hike Would Slam Seniors

    There are many reasons to be against the Obama tax hikes, especially as the economy struggles to recover. However, even putting aside economic growth considerations, it is simply not true that only the “rich” will be affected by the tax increase. For example, small businesses (and their workers), as well … More

    Side Effects: Doughnut Hole Deal Not so Sweet

    Currently 3.4 million Americans seniors covered by Medicare find themselves in a giant “doughnut hole,” but despite the tasty terminology, there’s nothing sweet about it. The doughnut hole refers to a gap in prescription drug coverage under Medicare Part D.  As David Hilzenrath explains, “…beneficiaries enter the coverage gap when … More

    The Medicare Bureaucracy: Ready To Disrupt Seniors’ Drug Coverage

    “If you like your health care plan you can keep it.”  This was a mantra from President Obama throughout the health care debate.  The President also promised that his health care overhaul would not affect seniors’ benefits. But, despite all the promises, a new report from Avalere Health shows that, … More