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Maryland Seniors, Vets Ready to Rally Against Cuts in Obama Budget

Graphic: AARP details how chained CPI proposal will impact Social Security recipients. Graphic credit: AARP
Graphic: AARP details how chained CPI proposal will impact Social Security recipients. Graphic credit: AARP
April 12, 2013

ANNAPOLIS, Md. – An overwhelming majority of senior citizens are taking issue with part of President Barack Obama’s proposed budget.

A new national AARP poll shows 84 percent of seniors oppose cuts in Social Security that the president outlined in his budget this week.

Tresa Ballard, associate state director of communications for AARP in Maryland, says that means lawmakers could pay a hefty political price for embracing the president's proposal called chained CPI, which would lower cost of living increases for Social Security recipients.

"These are benefits that are earned, right?” Ballard says. “So, these are folks who paid into the system for years, and it is their due to get them back."

AARP also found that under chained CPI, the 457,000 veterans living in Maryland would see their benefits reduced by about $319 million over 10 years.

Ballard points out that for many Social Security recipients, the money is their lifeline and any cuts will be devastating.

"This is literally for living life,” she says. “This is for rent, this is for food, this is for medication."

Republicans have urged the president to embrace chained CPI as a first step toward reform of the Social Security system.


Alison Burns, Public News Service - MD